Flydubai announced on Sunday the resumption of service to the island capital of Malé in the Maldives starting October 27, 2020. The carrier previously offered service to the Maldives from 2013 to 2018 and will reinstate the route due to increasing demand.
Today (September 20, 2020), flydubai announced that they will reinstate service to Malé in the Maldives from October 27, 2020. The airline previously served the Maldives from 2013 through 2018 and will resume the route due to increasing demand for the popular Indian Ocean destination. Flydubai will offer four-times weekly flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The departing flight (FZ 1569) takes off from Dubai International Airport’s (DXB) Terminal 3 at 10:35, while the return flight (FZ 1570) departs the Maldives’ Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE) at 23:30 (all times local). With the resumption of flights to Malé, flydubai will now serve 40 destinations across Africa, Central Asia, Europe, the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East. In Sunday’s announcement, flydubai’s Chief Executive Officer, Ghaith Al Ghaith, said,
“We continue to see signs of recovery as more countries start to lift restrictions on international travel. Working together, all the stakeholders in the travel industry have a role to play to safeguard travel in this new environment enabling more people to travel confidently. We remain agile in our operations and committed to gradually adding more flights to further support the flow of trade and tourism around the region as we look ahead to this new way of travel in the months to come.”
Also commenting on the start of flights to Malé, flydubai’s Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations (UAE, GCC, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent, Sudhir Sreedharan, added,
“We are pleased to restart our operations to the Maldives. This has always been a popular destination for our passengers in the UAE, GCC, and the Russian speaking markets who are seeking a beach holiday. With Holidays by flydubai expanding its hotels and ancillary offering, we are now able to offer our passengers full packages at affordable prices whether they choose to fly in Business or Economy.”
Recently, flydubai announced the introduction of automatic COVID-19 coverage for passengers booking flights between September 1st, 2020 and November 30, 2020. The service covers passengers’ health and quarantine expenses if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 during their trip. Additionally, in the UAE the carrier has partnered with Aster DM Healthcare and NMC healthcare to offer customers PCR testing at special rates.
Flydubai has redesigned the passenger experience to enable travel in a safe environment while minimizing contact. The carrier’s aircraft have all been fitted with hospital operating theater grade HEPA filters which remove over 99 percent of airborne particulates, including viruses, while the air is recycled every 2-3 minutes. Flydubai’s aircraft are also disinfected each day with manufacturer-certified cleaning products. Additionally, the airline has added booking flexibility which allows guests to change travel date, flight or destination without any penalties.
Flydubai reminds guests to stay up to date with various regulations throughout their travel itinerary by visiting the ‘Travel Center’ pages on the website for the International Air Transport Association (IATA). International visitors to Dubai must also take a PCR test for COVID-19 prior to their date of travel. Otherwise, as PCR test will be carried out at Dubai airports. Travelers to the Maldives will also be required to complete a "Traveller Health Declaration" 24 hours before their arrival in Malé.