Coronavirus Air Travel

Here is all You Need to Know if You are Planning on Travelling to The Maldives during the Coronavirus pandemic


Condor Starts Flights to Maldives and Dominican Republic

SriLankan Airlines to offer direct London-Maldives flights from Dec 12

28 Nov, 2020

Germany’s most popular leisure airline is flying to the Dominican Republic and Maldives once again.

From 18 December onward, Maldives will be included in the program again with two weekly flights from Frankfurt on Mondays and Saturdays. Condor will also take off from Frankfurt three times a week to Punta Cana and once a week to Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo.

The connections to the Canary Islands will be increased: From Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Munich, Condor will take vacationers to Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Palma, Tenerife and Madeira. Holidays with Condor can be booked with all German organizers, flight tickets as usual at www.condor.com in the travel agency and by telephone.

“We are very happy to have managed the restart of the flights to Punta Cana and Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo together with our longtime partner Condor. This shows that the plan for the reactivation of responsible tourism, which was launched by the President of the Dominican Republic Luis Abinader and the Minister of Tourism David Collado on September 15th, is successful”, said Petra Cruz, European Director of the Tourist Board Dominican Republic.

Emirates Offers Expanded, Multi-Risk Travel Insurance Coverage

SriLankan Airlines to offer direct London-Maldives flights from Dec 12

24 Nov, 2020

Emirates customers can now plan their travels and fly with even greater assurance and peace of mind, with the airline’s latest industry-first initiative to provide expanded, multi-risk travel cover on top of its current COVID-19 cover.

Provided by Emirates at no additional cost to its customers, and provided by AIG Travel, this cover is the first of its kind in the airline and travel insurance industry. It is designed to provide all Emirates passengers a truly unique offer for stress-free and hassle-free travel.

This new multi-risk travel insurance and COVID-19 cover will automatically apply to all Emirates tickets purchased from 1 December, and extends to Emirates codeshare flights operated by partner airlines, as long as the ticket number starts with 176.

Emirates customers will be covered when they fly to any destination, in any class of travel. Highlights of the coverage include:

  • Out-of-Country Emergency Medical Expenses & Emergency Medical Evacuation up to US$500,000, valid for COVID-19 (contracted during the trip) and other medical emergencies while traveling abroad.
  • Trip Cancellation up to US$7,500 for non-refundable costs if the traveler or a relative (as defined in the policy) is unable to travel because they are diagnosed with COVID-19 before the scheduled trip departure date, or for other named reasons – similar to other comprehensive travel cover products.
  • Trip Cancellation or Curtailment up to US$7,500 if the school year is extended due to COVID-19 beyond the departure date, and the traveler or a relative (as defined in the policy) is a full-time teacher, full-time employee, or a student at a primary or secondary school.
  • Trip Curtailment up to US$7,500 for non-refundable trip costs and additional costs to return to their country of residence if the traveler or a relative (as defined in the policy) falls critically ill, for instance, contracts COVID-19 while traveling abroad.
  • Travel Abandonment up to US$7,500 if the traveler fails a COVID-19-related test or medical screening at the airport and is required to abandon the trip.
  • US$150 per day per person, for up to 14 consecutive days if, while outside of their country of residence, the traveler tests positive for COVID-19, and if they are unexpectedly placed into a mandatory quarantine outside their country of residence by a governmental body.

SriLankan Airlines to offer direct London-Maldives flights from Dec 12

SriLankan Airlines to offer direct London-Maldives flights from Dec 12

14 Nov, 2020

SriLankan Airlines has added a direct London-Maldives link to its winter schedule.

The new twice-weekly Heathrow-Male service will get under way on 12 December, operating on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Flights will depart Heathrow at 7.30pm, arriving Male at 10.50am the following day.

Return flights will also operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays, departing Male at 11.40am and arriving into Heathrow at 6.00pm.

From March 30, 2021, flights will depart Heathrow at 8.10pm, but are still scheduled to arrive in Male at 10.50am the following day.

The route will operate until April 13, 2021, running alongside oneworld alliance partner British Airways’ six-times-weekly direct Heathrow-Male service, which operates every day bar Thursdays.

BA’s Male flights depart Heathrow at 6.15pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 6.15pm, arriving Male at 9.40am+1.

Its Saturday flights depart Heathrow at 9.20pm, arriving Male at 12.45pm+1.

The announcement will come as another boost for the Maldives, and for the travel trade, after the destination in the Indian Ocean was added to the UK’s travel corridor list last month.

Following last month’s announcement, Britons no longer need to self-isolate for 14 days when returning from the Maldives.

Qatar Airways Launches Simplified Fare Families Offering

Gulf Air to Resume Direct Flights to Maldives from 12th December

11 Nov, 2020

Qatar Airways has launched new, simplified fare families across all travel classes in a bid to offer greater choice and flexibility to its passengers. From today, Qatar Airways will offer a total of six fare families. By travel class, these are:

  • Business Class: Classic, Comfort, Elite
  • Economy Class: Classic, Convenience, Comfort

Each of Qatar Airways’ new fare families offers passengers a clear, distinct set of products and services designed to meet the different needs of its broad range of customers. For example, passengers booking Economy Class tickets will receive an additional five kilograms of checked baggage allowance for each incremental fare family.

Those booking an Economy Class Comfort ticket can enjoy complimentary preferred seating, while those purchasing Economy Comfort or Business Elite tickets can also make unlimited, complimentary changes to their travel date and are entitled to a fee-free refund. Across all classes, valued members of Qatar Airways Privilege Club can earn more Qmiles according to the fare family they select.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Our new fare families are designed to offer greater simplicity, choice, and flexibility to our passengers and further our ambition to offer a best-in-class retail experience. With these new categorisations, it is very clear to the customer what they are buying – there are no hidden fees or additional charges. We are also giving our valued Privilege Club members the opportunity to earn more Qmiles with us to unlock additional benefits or tier upgrades.”

Qatar Airways will reserve a number of ancillary products and services across each of its fare families to customers booking directly with the airline. These include the option to exchange tickets for a future travel voucher and discounts of up to 40 per cent at Qatar Duty Free (QDF) retail and food and beverage outlets at Hamad International Airport (HIA).

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’, and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. It is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted ‘Skytrax Airline of the Year’ title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times. HIA was recently ranked ‘Third Best Airport in the World’, among 550 airports worldwide, by the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2020. 

Russia’s Rossiya Airlines to start Maldives flights on Nov 14

Gulf Air to Resume Direct Flights to Maldives from 12th December

11 Nov, 2020

Rossiya Airlines is set to launch flight operations to the Maldives.

From November 14, the Russian airline will fly once a week between Moscow and Male using a Boeing 747-400 jet.

Part of the Aeroflot Group, Rossiya Airlines is one of the largest carriers in Russia. With a fleet of 54 aircraft, the airline regularly flies to 53 destinations around the world.

With Rossiya Airlines starting service to the Maldives, Russian travellers will have even more options to enjoy a tropical getaway in the Indian Ocean tourist paradise this winter holiday season.

Russian flag carrier Aeroflot operates four weekly services, while Nordwind Airlines offers travellers twice a week service to the Maldives. Azur Air also flies three times a week between Vnukovo International Airport and Velana International Airport.

Expanding air connectivity between Moscow and Male will be a major boost to the Maldives’ efforts to revive the country’s tourism-dependent economy after reopening its borders on July 15.

Tourism promotion authorities in Maldives have also launched an advertising campaign on a leading TV channel in Russia.

Russian tourists accounted for over 74,000 or close to five per cent of Maldives’ foreign visitors last year, the sixth biggest market after China, India, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom.

The Maldives to welcome 11 Airlines more in this year

Gulf Air to Resume Direct Flights to Maldives from 12th December

8 Nov, 2020

As per the latest information released by the Ministry, after the border closure and reopening in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maldives now has 15 airlines operating flights to the country. Within November and December, Maldives will see an additional 11 airlines operating flights to the country.

The airlines include Ukraine International Airlines (UAI), Azur Air Ukraine, Nordwind, Azur Air Russia, Air Seychelles, Air Asia, Alitalia, Air France, Korean Air, Gulf Air, and Neos Air.

From those airlines, Gulf Air will begin operations starting from 12th December. Air Seychelles is set to fly to Maldives during the holiday season, from 4th December to 9th January.

Airlines that have already begun operations in Maldives include British Airways, Edelweiss, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, FlyDubai, Emirates, Etihad Airways, GoAir, IndiGo, Air India, Sri Lankan Airlines, Aeroflot, and Spice Jet.

Maldives opened borders to all nationalities from 15th July 2020. All visitors are granted a 30-day free on-arrival visa with a confirmed booking for a stay at any registered tourist facility in the country.

Maldives has also extended ‘Split Stay’ for all types of tourist accommodation facilities, allowing tourists to split their stay between resort, hotels, guesthouses and live aboard boats, with prior approval as per split-stay procedure and guideline by the Ministry of Tourism.

Gulf Air to Resume Direct Flights to Maldives from 12th December

Gulf Air to Resume Direct Flights to Maldives from 12th December

6 Nov, 2020

Gulf Air has announced that it will resume its direct flights to and from Velana International Airport in the Maldives with 2 weekly flights starting 12th December.

The flights will be operated by the airline’s newest Airbus 321neoLR which features 150 seats in economy class and 16 flat-bed seats in Falcon Gold class. Gulf Air’s first flight to the Maldives landed in Male on Oct. 27, 2019 and it has been the airline’s key boutique destination in the Indian Ocean.

The airline currently flies to and from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait, Jeddah, Dammam, Medina, Muscat, Cairo, Amman, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Athens, Manila, Dhaka and several destinations in India and Pakistan.

Gulf Air has also introduced a new pricing concept of its airfares to make it easier and clearer to its passengers regarding what’s included in each price bracket. The new ‘Boutique Fares’ come in 3 branded options for economy class and 2 branded options for Falcon Gold class. Passengers can now choose the most suitable fare option depending on their travel needs and desired services along their trip, the company said.

With ‘Light’, ‘Smart and ‘Flex’ fare options introduced in economy class and ‘Smart’ and ‘Flex’ introduced for Falcon Gold class, all passengers can conveniently choose any price option which comes with a set benefits including luggage, flexibility in changing or cancelling itineraries, earning Falconflyer miles, advanced seat selection, priority boarding and Falcon Gold lounge access.

The airline has also revamped its internet booking engine and mobile app to accommodate these fare changes showcasing a new look and feel with a faster booking process for the customers. The new experience will be easier with less steps from selecting flights and seats to completing the purchase and it will be empowered by user-friendly tools such as seat maps.

India’s GoAir resumes Maldives service with Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore direct flights


India’s GoAir resumes Maldives service

2 Nov, 2020

GoAir has resumed services to the Maldives, commencing direct flights from Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore to Male’.

The airline will operate direct flights from the 3 prominent cities in India; Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore to Male’ on a state-of-the-art Airbus A320 aircrafts. Flights between Mumbai-Male’-Mumbai will be on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Flights between Delhi-Male’-Delhi will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. And flights between Bangalore-Male’-Bangalore will be on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Tickets for the flights can be booked through Voyages Maldives, by phone or in person. Voyages Maldives is the appointed GSA for GoAir in the Maldives located on Chandhanee Magu, contact details are 301 8877 and goair@voyagesmaldives.com

Earlier in August, Maldives and India agreed to establish an Air Bubble between the 2 countries. This is the first Air Bubble established in South Asia. The flights are arranged in a safe corridor provided by the local authorities where the tourists can travel straight to their respective resorts from the airport without any hassle, in absence of quarantine restrictions.

There are 2 more airlines operating flights between India and Maldives. They are:

From Thiruvananthapuram on Air India (Wednesdays)
From Kochi on IndiGo (Thursdays and Sundays)
From Mumbai on IndiGo (Thursdays and Sundays)

India is one of the key international tourist market to the Maldives and increase in number of flights between Maldives and India will increase the tourist arrival to the Maldives.

Kazakhstan’s Air Astana to Operate Almaty-Maldives Direct Flights from 5th December

2 Nov, 2020

Air Astana is set to offer direct flights between Kazakhstan and Maldives this winter season.

From December 5, the flag carrier of Kazakhstan will fly between Almaty and Male twice a week, with flights operating every Wednesday and Thursday.

The airline’s brand-new Airbus 321LR aircraft will be used for the Maldives service.

Before the coronavirus pandemic hammered global air travel earlier this year, Air Astana operated scheduled, domestic and international services on 64 routes from its main hub, Almaty International Airport, and from its secondary hub, Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport.

Flydubai restarts Maldives flights


Aeroflot may soon resume flights to Maldives

29 October, 2020

Flydubai on Tuesday resumed flights to Maldives after a two-year break.

The service, which the Dubai-based carrier initially operated between 2013 and 2018, was reinstated due to popular demand as the Indian Ocean destination welcomed back tourists of all nationalities earlier this summer.

Flydubai flights operate four times a week to Male on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Flight FZ 1569 depart from Terminal Three, Dubai International (DXB) at 10.35am and the return flight FZ 1570 depart from Maldives’ Velana International Airport at 11.30pm.

This brings the number of destinations flydubai operates to 40 across its network in Africa, Central Asia, Europe, Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East.

The carrier has been steadily increasing its operations since July and continues to operate all-cargo flights and repatriation flights in addition to its published schedule.

“We are pleased to restart our operations to the Maldives. This has always been a popular destination for our passengers in the UAE, GCC and the Russian speaking markets who are seeking a beach holiday,” Sudhir Sreedharan, Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations (UAE, GCC, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent) at flydubai, said.

“With Holidays by flydubai expanding its hotels and ancillary offering, we are now able to offer our passengers full packages at affordable prices whether they choose to fly in Business or Economy.”

The new service to the Maldives give passengers more access to a holiday destination from Dubai and further afield whether connecting on the flydubai network or through its codeshare with Emirates, which flies 10 times a week to the Indian Ocean tourist paradise.

In line with the comprehensive Covid-19 safe tourism guidelines and hygiene certification programme issued by the Maldivian tourism ministry in June, all 156 resorts situated in the island nation are required to take protective measures, ensuring the safety of tourists and also staff working in the industry.

By combining internally sourced wholesale hotel rates and rates provided by third parties with competitive airfares, Holidays by flydubai offers extremely competitive travel packages.

Customers also have the option to add ancillary services to their holiday experience, including airport transfers, sightseeing packages, UAE visa facilitation, car rental and excursions.

Flydubai has recently introduced a new Covid-19 cover to encourage more people to travel with ease of mind knowing that they will be looked after at every step of their journey.

Passengers booking with flydubai for travel between September 1 and November 30 will automatically receive free global cover for Covid-19. The new service covers passengers’ health expenses and quarantine costs if diagnosed with Covid-19 during their trip.

In the UAE, flydubai has also partnered with Aster DM Healthcare and NMC Healthcare to offer passengers PCR testing at special rates. To take advantage of these special rates, passengers must be able to present a valid flydubai booking confirmation along with their Emirates ID or passport copy.

Flydubai’s passenger experience has been redesigned to enable travel in a safe environment that minimises crew and passenger contact. Passengers are required to make sure that they are up to date with the regulations from the IATA Travel Centre for their whole journey, and follow the guidance issued by the authorities and the airline.

Austrian Airlines to start Flights to Maldives from 25th October


Aeroflot may soon resume flights to Maldives

29 October, 2020

Austrian Airlines to open Vienna-Maldives flights from 25th October. In mid-December, the airline plans to add twice-weekly services to Maldives.

Austrian will serve about 60 destinations this winter – 20 fewer than the previous year – and routes will be operated with “substantially reduced frequencies”.

The airline’s long-haul network includes Bangkok, Chicago, Newark, Shanghai and Washington DC. In addition to Maldives route, the airlines plans to add twice-weekly services to Cape Town, and Mauritius in mid-December.

Lufthansa owned Austrian Airlines has introduced rapid pre-boarding coronavirus tests free to passengers on one of its routes as part of a group-wide plan to make such tests standard, the company said on 23rd October.

“We must break down the borders that corona has built up in recent months,” Chief Operating Officer Jens Ritter said in the statement, which acknowledged that for the time being these tests are no substitute for the standard PCR tests required by national authorities. Eventually we aim to also achieve the loosening of travel restrictions, but first we want to show how a targeted testing programme could work.”

Austrian aims to roll out testing more widely if it becomes well established, adding that the results from Vienna would inform Lufthansa’s general testing project.

Emirates Expands Maldives service, to operate 10 weekly flights


Aeroflot may soon resume flights to Maldives

24 October, 2020

Emirates is increasing schedule flights to Maldives even further, in a bid to boost access to the popular Indian Ocean holiday destination in the upcoming winter season.

From Sunday, the Dubai-based airline will offer 10 flights per week to the Maldives instead of the current one flight per day, with two flights operating on Mondays, Wednesday and Sundays.

The airline will continue to use B777ER aircraft for its Maldives service.

Emirates, which runs the world’s biggest airline by international traffic, resumed services to the Maldives on July 16 after a three-month hiatus in the wake of border closures by the Maldivian authorities to control the coronavirus outbreak.

Health and safety

Emirates has implemented a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the customer journey to ensure the safety of its customers and employees on the ground and in the air.

The measures include the distribution of complimentary hygiene kits containing masks, gloves, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes to all customers.

Ensuring the safety of travellers, visitors, and the community, Covid-19 PCR tests are mandatory for all inbound and transit passengers arriving to Dubai (and the UAE), including UAE citizens, residents and tourists, irrespective of the country they are coming from.

Free, global Covid-19 cover

Customers can now travel with confidence, as Emirates has committed to cover Covid-19 related medical expenses, free of cost, should they be diagnosed with Covid-19 during their travel while they are away from home.

The cover is immediately effective for customers flying on Emirates until December 31, and is valid for 31 days from the moment they fly the first sector of their journey. This means Emirates customers can continue to benefit from the added assurance of this cover, even if they travel onwards to another city after arriving at their Emirates destination.

From Johannesburg to Maldives with Air Seychelles from 4th December


Aeroflot may soon resume flights to Maldives

24 October, 2020

Air Seychelles has announced that the airline will operate direct passenger services from Johannesburg, South Africa to Male’, Maldives between 4 December 2020 to 9 January 2021.

The flights are scheduled every Friday night from Johannesburg for 6 weeks, providing travelers the opportunity to plan their holidays in advance for the upcoming festive season.

The flight will make an intermediate brief stop in Seychelles before continuing to Velana International Airport in Male (MLE), Maldives. The returning flight is set to be operated every Saturday, allowing travelers a full week holiday in the Maldives with a total flying time of less than 9 hours.

Due to the unprecedented events surrounding the COVID – 19 pandemic, Air Seychelles has extended its waiver policy to provide travelers more flexibility and peace of mind if they choose to rebook and fly at a later time. As part of the policy, travelers holding tickets issued any time until 31 December 2020, can now benefit from unlimited date changes with no penalty fee.

British Airways come back to the Maldives

19 Oct, 2020

British Airways returns to the sunny side side of life with its first scheduled flight that arrived in Maldives on 17th October 2020.

The airline will be operating direct flights 3 times a week from London Heathrow, on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. Flights will land the following day at Male. Direct flights back from the Maldives to London depart on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

In response to COVID-19, British Airways has introduced a range of measures to keep its customers safe and is asking them to abide by the new measures to help manage the wellness of everyone travelling.

These include checking-in online, downloading their boarding pass and where possible, self-scanning their boarding passes at the departure gate; observing physical distancing and using hand sanitizers that are placed throughout airports; and wearing a facemask at all times and bringing enough to replace them every four hours for longer flights.

Customers are also urged not to travel if they think they have any symptom of COVID-19, and cabin crew are asked to wear personal protective equipment, and a new food service will reduce the number of interactions required with customers.

Customers must also ensure that they have everything they need from their hand luggage before departure, and where possible, store their carry-on bag under the seat in front of them.

The airline will clean all key surfaces, including seats, screens, seat buckles, and tray tables after every flight and each aircraft is completely cleaned from nose to tail every day.

The air on all British Airways flights is fully recycled once every two to three minutes through high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters which remove microscopic bacteria and virus clusters with over 99.9 per cent efficiency, equivalent to hospital operating theatre standards.

UK is one of the leading markets in terms of arrivals to the Maldives. Prior to the lockdown in March, a total of 7,288 visitors from the UK arrived in the Maldives this year whereas there has been an arrival of 1,587 tourists from the UK since the border reopened on 15th July.

IndiGo to Resume Mumbai-Maldives Flights from 15th October

14 Oct, 2020

IndiGo is resuming flights from Mumbai to the capital of Maldives, Malé starting Thursday, 15 October. The carrier will fly twice a week, on Thursday and Sunday, and may add flights as and when demand picks up.

The flight from Mumbai to the Maldives will depart at 10.25 am and arrive in Malé at 1.10pm. On return, the flight from Malé leaves at 2.20pm and lands in Mumbai at 6.10pm.

IndiGo is currently operating weekly flights between Kochi-Male-Kochi under air bubble from 3rd September onward. Indigo operates 2 flights weekly between Kochi-Male-Kochi on every on Thursdays and Sundays. According to the airline the Kochi to Male flight will take off from Kochi at 12:10 and arrive at Male at 13:10. Then on its return journey, the flight will take off from Male at 14:10, and land at Kochi at 16:10.

Earlier in August, Maldives and India agreed to establish an Air Bubble between the 2 countries. This is the first Air Bubble established in South Asia. The flights are arranged in a safe corridor provided by the local authorities where the tourists can travel straight to their respective resorts from the airport without any hassle, in absence of quarantine restrictions.

India is one of the key international tourist market to the Maldives and increase in number of flights between Maldives and India will increase the tourist arrival to the Maldives.

Maldives reopened borders to all nationalities from 15th July 2020. All visitors are granted a 30-day free on-arrival visa with a confirmed booking for a stay at any registered tourist facility in the country.

While there is no is no mandatory quarantine or testing on arrival, tourists traveling to Maldives are required to complete an online health declaration form and provide a negative PCR test result taken at least 96 hours prior to their departure. The negative PCR test result must be attached while completing Traveler Health Declaration form, which has to be submitted online via IMUGA (www.imuga.immigration.gov.mv), by all arriving passengers before arrival (but not exceeding 24 hours before arrival time).

SilkAir to resume flights to Maldives from December 1st

Qatar Airways Celebrates Its Super Wi-Fi Equipped Fleet

06 Oct, 2020

SilkAir has extended their passenger flight schedules until the end of 2020, with flights to Malé in the Maldives to recommence from 1st December 2020.

The operations are set to be served twice weekly by SilkAir from Singapore using the Boeing 737-800 from December.

Singapore Airlines, consistently ranked as the world’s best airline, first flew to the Maldives in March 1984 with a weekly Singapore-Male service, while regional wing SilkAir launched four-times-weekly services in October 2015.

Before the shutdown in air travel earlier this year due to the global coronavirus pandemic, Singapore Airlines and SilkAir operated a total of 16 weekly services to Male, offering convenient connections to other destinations in the SIA and SilkAir network.

Direct Flights from Zurich to the Maldives. Edelweiss will come back to Maldives on Sept 26


Flights to Male

17 Sep, 2020

Edelweiss will again be flying directly from Zurich to Male in the Maldives from September 26.

For travel between September 2020 and September 2021, the Swiss leisure airline flies again twice a week from Zurich directly to Male.

With the Maldives, Edelweiss is adding another vacation destination to its range for the coming autumn vacations.

“Over 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean with its crystal clear water offer divers and snorkelers a breathtaking backdrop. Almost nowhere is there so much privacy as on the many beautiful, small islands,” Patrick Heymann, Chief Commercial Officer of Edelweiss, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

The connection is bookable on flyedelweiss.com and through all the usual sales channels.

Edelweiss says any flight timetable changes that may become necessary due to new or reintroduced entry restrictions will be communicated promptly.

The airline will also continue to guarantee free and flexible rebooking options, so that travel can be planned worry-free.

  • Flight SU0322: Sheremetyevo – Male, on Thursdays and Sundays.
  • Flight SU0323: Male – Sheremetyevo, on Fridays and Sundays.

This signed directive extends air services to Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and the Maldives on a mutual basis, the government’s press service reported.

The government said it had authorized 3 flights a week to Cairo, as well as 2 flights a week to Dubai and to the Maldives’s Velana International Airport.

The decision was proposed by the anti-coronavirus crisis center based on the criteria voiced earlier (40 new cases of the coronavirus infection per 100,000 of population during 14 days, no more than 1% of daily growth of the new cases over 14 days and the coronavirus spread coefficient not higher than one over a week).

Russia closed borders and suspended international air travel on March 28 in response to COVID-19 pandemic. From 1st August, the country resumed flights to Great Britain, Tanzania, and Turkey. Air service was restored between Russia and Switzerland from 15th August.

Russia is the 4th most important market to Maldives based on figures from January 2020. In 2019, the Russian market showed a 17.5% growth in arrivals to Maldives.

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