British Airways to resume flights between Maldives and London

British Airways Flights | Photo: CNN

Male’, Maldives – British Airways is resuming daily direct flights from Male’ to London from the 5th of December after a brief halt in November due to the UK lockdown.

British Airways started their operations to the Maldives at the end of October after worldwide travel restrictions started to ease, but had to cease operations again due to the November lockdown in the UK.

The airline will operate their Boeing 777 series aircraft, allowing travelers convenient evening departures from Heathrow Airport, enabling domestic and European connections.

SriLankan Airlines will also be operating direct London-Maldives flights starting from December 12.

In response to Covid-19, British Airways has introduced a range of measures to keep passengers safe, and has requested all travelers to follow new regulations to help manage the wellness of everyone travelling.

These measures include online check-in’s, boarding pass downloads 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.

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’.

The airline states that they 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 Health Protection Agency (HPA) of Maldives have also set up multiple guidelines for the tourism industry, ensuring safety of visitors and staff

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

British Airways joins multiple well known airlines that have resumed travel to the Maldives aiming at the upcoming holiday season, facilitating the essential restart of the Maldivian tourism industry and the subsequent recovery of the country’s economy.