Air Astana to begin direct flights to Maldives

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The flag carrier of Kazakhstan, Air Astana. | Photo via Maldives Insider.

Male’, Maldives – Flag carrier of Kazakhstan, Air Astana has announced that they will begin their operations to Maldives from December 5 onward.

Air Astana informed on Sunday that they will be traveling directly from Almaty to the Velana International Airport (VIA) of Maldives starting from December 05.

Air Astana also told that they will be using their brand-new Airbus 321LR for Maldives operations. The airline will be operating to Maldives twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays till December 21.

In addition to this, Air Astana disclosed that they will be increasing their flight frequency to Maldives starting from December 21 as there will be high demand during seasonal holidays. The airline informed that from December 21 onwards, an additional flight will be operating on Mondays of every week.

The flights that are scheduled from December 16 to January 16 will be operated by the wide-bodied Boeing 767 aircraft according to Air Astana. This is because Boeing 767 will provide additional seat capacity for the tourists who wish to travel during this holiday period.

The tickets to Maldives start from USD 677 for economy class and from USD 2067 for the passengers who wish to take business class. Taxes and surcharges are included in this fare.

Maldives closed its international borders on March to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus. However, as the country solely depends on its tourism sector, the country reopened their borders as soon as the number of confirmed cases started to decrease in the country.

Maldives reopened their borders after almost three months of closure on July 15. Since then, the country has welcomed over 51,000 tourists to the country.

Only a negative PCR test not exceeding 96 hours is necessary to enter Maldives, and travelers of every nationality are offered a free tourist visa of 30 days on arrival. Split stays among exclusive tourist resorts, guesthouses on local islands and safaris are also now permitted in Maldives.