British Airways has resumed its direct service between London and Maldives. The first flight landed at Malé City's Velana International Airport today.
The UK flag-carrier operates a seasonal service to the Maldives towards and through winter every year, allowing travelers from Europe to escape the cold and spend the holidays under the tropical sun.
"It’s an amazing time to be in the #SunnySideofLife. Hop on board British Airways for your long awaited holiday in the #Maldives," said Velana International Airport in its social media handles.
The airline said on its website that its customers can travel in absolute confidence knowing that safety is at the heart of British Airways’ business. The airline stated that it has introduced a range of safety measures such as social distancing and using hand sanitizers as well as wearing a face mask at all times and bringing enough to replace them every four hours for longer flights. Passenger will be provided with a personal protection pack including a sealable disposal bag, hand sanitizing gel, and an antibacterial wipe.
Maldives is a World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) certified Safe Travels destination, and travelers are required to present a COVID-19 negative test result of no more than 96 hours prior to entry into Maldives.
A recent study by the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) revealed that the risk of COVID-19 transmission on board aircrafts is low, due to the safety measures in place and aircraft design and cabin layout. IATA said more than 1.2 billion people traveled on aircrafts in between January and June 2020, yet only 44 cases of air travel-related COVID-19 transmission were reported.