• Joe Breitfeller

Air Astana to Launch Direct Flights to the Maldives From December 5, 2020

The airline will offer twice weekly service to the Maldives on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting December 5th and add a third weekly frequency on Mondays from December 21, 2020. Flights will be operated with a new state-of-the art Airbus A321LR.


Air Astana Airbus A321LR - Courtesy Airbus

Today (November 23, 2020), Air Astana announced the launch of direct flights to the Maldives with two flights weekly from December 5, 2020. The carrier will add a third frequency on Mondays starting December 21, 2020 and the route will be serviced with an Airbus A321LR configured with 16 Business and 150 Economy Class seats. Air Astana’s Business Class is configured with lie-flat seats, 16-inch individual IFE screens and four of the seats offer additional personal space. The carrier’s Economy Class features comfortable Recaro seats and individual 10-inch IFE screens.


Between December 16th and January 16th, 2021, the route will be operated with Boeing 767s to provide additional capacity. Wednesday and Saturday flights will depart Almaty at 1:20 and arrive in Male at 7:05, while Monday flights depart Male at 1:30 and arrive in Male at 7:15. The return service departs Male at 19:35 and arrives in Almaty at 3:10 the following day (all times local). After an application is completed online, entry visas are issued free of charge at the airport and are valid for 30 days. The Republic of Maldives requires a mandatory negative PCR test certificate in English, except for infants under the age of 12 months. The test must be no older than 96 hours from the time it is taken until the scheduled flight arrival time.


Customers must also complete a mandatory medical health declaration 24 hours prior to arrival in the Maldives. The declaration requires an uploaded photo as well as a negative PCR result. Passengers arriving in Kazakhstan from foreign countries (including the Maldives) must also have a negative PCR test result no older than three days or they will be prevented from boarding the return flight.



Source: Air Astana