Dubai-based airline, flydubai has extended its commercial cooperation with Inner Maldives Holidays through a new distribution agreement to develop the airline’s sales focus in the Maldives territory.
In a press release published on the airline’s website on September 20, flydubai announced the recommencement of flights to Malé from 27 October due to popular demand as the Indian Ocean destination welcomed back tourists of all nationalities earlier this summer. Flydubai first commenced operations to Maldives in January 2013 and halted operations in February 2018 to optimize its codeshare partnership with Emirates. Inner Maldives Holidays has been flydubai’s General Sales Agent for 5 years and also successfully floated holidays packages to Dubai and various other destinations that the airline flies to – including Egypt, Armenia, Turkey, Nepal and Tanzania. The company's Managing Director, Mr.Mohamed Firaq said “We look forward serving the best holiday options for the outbound market and also providing the best fares to Dubai via direct flights and then to key points that the airline flies to. Inner Maldives Holidays been the exclusive leisure arm for flydubai, there is already a lot of inquiries to Dubai for the New Year period and this is mainly because of the eased and safe restrictions that UAE has put up for its visitors. We are very excited to launch holidays to Dubai, especially during this challenging period where only few countries are considered as safe to travel and are opened for tourism”.
flydubai flights will operate four times a week to Malé on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Flight FZ 1569 will depart from Terminal 3, Dubai International (DXB) at 09:55 and the return flight FZ 1570 will depart from Maldives' Velana International Airport (MLE) at 23:30 (local time). This brings the number of destinations flydubai operates to 40 across its network in Africa, Central Asia, Europe, Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East.
The carrier has been steadily increasing its operations since July and continues to operate all- cargo flights and repatriation flights in addition to its published schedule. The new service to the Maldives will give passengers more access to a holiday destination from Dubai and further afield whether connecting on the flydubai network or through its codeshare with Emirates.
In line with the comprehensive COVID-19 safe tourism guidelines and hygiene certification programme issued by the Maldivian Ministry of Tourism in June, all 156 resorts situated in the island nation will be required to take protective measures, ensuring the safety of tourists and also staff working in the industry.
By combining internally sourced wholesale hotel rates and rates provided by third parties with competitive airfares, Holidays by flydubai offers extremely competitive travel packages. Customers will also have the option to add ancillary services to their holiday experience, including airport transfers, sightseeing packages, UAE visa facilitation, car rental and excursions.
flydubai has recently introduced a new COVID-19 cover to encourage more people to travel with ease of mind knowing that they will be looked after at every step of their journey. Passengers booking with flydubai for travel between 01 September and 30 November 2020 will automatically receive free global cover for COVID-19. The new service covers passengers’ health expenses and quarantine costs if diagnosed with COVID-19 during their trip.
In the UAE, flydubai has also partnered with Aster DM Healthcare and NMC Healthcare to offer passengers PCR testing at special rates. To take advantage of these special rates, passengers must be able to present a valid flydubai booking confirmation along with their Emirates ID or passport copy.
flydubai’s passenger experience has been redesigned to enable travel in a safe environment that minimises crew and passenger contact. Passengers are required to make sure that they are up to date with the regulations from the IATA Travel Centre for their whole journey, and follow the guidance issued by the authorities and the airline. The Maldives has restarted its visa on arrival facility. Passengers must complete a "Traveller Health Declaration" 24 hours before arrival at https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/.
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