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.
Featured image: Velana International Airport