Maldives has its first international flight courtesy Qatar Airways, since reopening borders

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Qatar Airways, on Wednesday, became the first airline to resume operations to Velana International Airport (VIA) after Maldives reopened borders.

According to the airline, the scheduled flights will connect via Hamad International Airport located in Doha, Qatar, with European and American destinations including London, Copenhagen, Stockholm and New York.

Daily flights from Doha to Male’ will depart at 0205hrs and arrive at 0905hrs, while flights from Male’ to Doha will take off at 2000hrs and land at 2245hrs.

“We are excited to resume scheduled flights to the very popular tourist destination of Malé, Maldives. We are even more delighted to know we are the first international airline to resume services, showing we are continuing to lead the way”, the Country Manager of Sri Lanka and Maldives, Yu Cha Terence, said.

He further assured that the airline’s passengers can travel with peace of mind “knowing their safety onboard is our utmost priority”, adding that with the recommencement of daily flights to VIA, passengers “will have greater choice and flexibility when planning a holiday getaway”.

As an added safety measure, Qatar Airways will provide all passengers with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits including a facemask, disposable gloves and hand sanitiser, in addition to providing a face shield at the check-in and boarding gates of the airline’s destinations.

The airline has also extended its booking policies to offer more choices to its passengers. Qatar Airways has offered unlimited date changes and the option for passengers to change their destination as often as they need, provided that it is within 5,000 miles of the original destination.