First Austrian Airlines flight since Covid-19 receives warm welcome

An aircraft of Austrian Airlines | Photo: Maldives Insider

Male’, Maldives – Austrian Airlines made its first passenger flight to the Maldives, the top tourist destination in South Asia, where visitors were met with a warm welcome.

The flight landed in Maldives on Sunday afternoon, just in time for the festive season, from Austria’s capital, Vienna. The airline which is scheduled to make weekly flights between both cities is also expected to increase their frequency starting mid December of this year, by adding an extra flight to the island country each week.

As all other airlines of the Lufthansa Group, Austrian Airlines ensures safety of passengers and crew members by having have made masks mandatory on board all aircrafts since May of 2020, making the airline among the first to have done so. In addition, the airline maintains extensive hygiene control measures, as well as close contact with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and national authorities to ensure all safety measures are up to date with the latest developments and requirements to control the novel coronavirus.

Currently, Maldivian authorities require all visitors to present a mandatory negative PCR test performed 96 prior to take off, as well as a Traveler Health Declaration Form submitted online via IMUGA. Having have earned a safe travel certification by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Maldives continues to welcome more and more tourists each day, having have received more than 33,000 tourists since the country opened its borders on 15th July.