Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has announced that it will resume direct flights to and from Velana International Airport in the Maldives with two weekly flights starting from December 12, 2020.
The flights will be operated by the airline’s newest Airbus 321neoLR which features 150 seats in economy class and 16 flat-bed seats in Falcon Gold class. Gulf Air’s first flight to the Maldives landed in Male on 27 October 2019 and it has been the airline’s key boutique destination in the Indian Ocean.
The airline currently flies to and from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait, Jeddah, Dammam, Medina, Muscat, Cairo, Amman, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Athens, Manila, Dhaka and several destinations in India and Pakistan.
Being one of the few airlines that continued scheduled commercial operations, Gulf Air continuously works closely with the government authorities throughout the destinations on its network to resume operations as soon as airports open. Gulf Air boasts a flexible and agile network by immediately adapting to government orders and civil aviation directives around its network and has been responsive to continuous changes and updates regarding operations to and from its network destinations.
Updates are constantly added on gulfair.com/covid19 including travel advice, network and new health and safety procedures.
International guests are required to fill an online health declaration form within 24 hours prior to departure and also present a negative COVID-19 test, conducted 96 hours prior to departure to the Maldives.
Resorts and liveaboards resumed operations in July, simultaneously with the reopening, whereas guest houses opened up for tourists again on 15th October. Tourists and locals in these islands with guesthouses are required to wear masks at all times. Along with these regulations, there are many other measures in place to ensure that tourists have a safe, yet wonderful experience in Maldives.
Prior to the lockdown on 27th March, Maldives observed 382, 760 tourist arrivals. Since the reopening of borders, there have been over 37,000 arrivals up until now, with tourist arrivals from major markets such as the Middle East, India and UAE.
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