British Airways returns to the Maldives with its operation of 3 weekly flights to Velana International Airport starting from October 17. Boeing 777-300 of the airline landed yesterday with guests emerging to enjoy their long-awaited holiday in the Maldives.
Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances previously stated that with increases in both long and short haul services, there are a number of destination options to choose from. He is hopeful that the airline’s enhanced safety measures will encourage people to start planning for their next gateway in the near future.
The British High Commissioner to Maldives, Caron Rohsler said, “Great to have British Airways flights linking again! We continually review our travel advice with a view to relaxing it as things improve. Those returning to UK from Maldives must still isolate for now.”
British Airways has introduced a range of measures, which it requires customers and crew abide by. These include:
- Checking-in online, downloading their boarding pass and where possible self-scanning their boarding passes at the departure gate where possible
- Observing social distancing and using hand sanitisers that are placed throughout airports
- Wearing a facemask at all times and bringing enough to replace them every four hours for longer flights
- Asking customers not to travel if they think they have any symptoms of Covid-19
- Cabin crew wearing PPE and a new food service, which reduces the number of interactions required with customers
- Asking customers to ensure they have everything they need from their hand luggage before departure, and where possible, storing their carry-on bag under the seat in front of them
- Providing customers with a personal protection pack including a sealable disposal bag, hand sanitising gel and an antibacterial wipe.
The airline is cleaning 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 HEPA filters, which remove microscopic bacteria and virus clusters with over 99.9% efficiency, equivalent to hospital operating theatre standards.
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