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QA first international airline to resume flights to Maldives

QA first international airline
to resume flights to Maldives

Tribune News Network
Qatar Airways (QA) is the first international airline to resume flights to the Maldives, with the first daily service touching down at Velana International Airport earlier on Wednesday. The flight was marked with a water cannon salute.
With the airline’s network never falling below 30 destinations throughout this crisis, Qatar Airways continues to lead the recovery of international air travel.
By the end of July, the airline’s network will expand to over 450 weekly flights to more than 70 destinations with the addition of flights to Male, Maldives (daily flights) July 15; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (three weekly flights) July 16; Djibouti (three weekly flights) July 18; Antalya, Turkey (two weekly flights) and Bodrum, Turkey (two weekly flights) July 23; Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, Turkey (three weekly flights) July 25 to be increased to daily from August 1; and Helsinki (three weekly flights) July 29.
With the resumption of services to the Maldives and Antalya and Bodrum in Turkey commencing next week, Qatar Airways’ growing network includes a number of popular summer holiday destinations that are open to visitors now.
Travellers can enjoy the white sandy beaches of the Maldives, one of the most popular and exclusive destinations in the world, soon soak up the summer sun on the golden shores of Antalya or visit the historical sites and attractions of Bodrum.
Also open to beach lovers are the Greek islands through the airline’s Athens gateway, with the airline increasing its frequency to the city from seven to 11 weekly flights. They can also fly with Qatar Airways to visit the blue seas of Zanzibar in Tanzania or the relaxing Mediterranean coastline of Tunisia via Tunis.
For those seeking a city break, Qatar Airways is operating regular services to many cities including Milan, Rome and Venice in Italy; Ankara and Istanbul in Turkey; and six cities in the USA.
Qatar Airways is one of the few global airlines to have never stopped flying throughout this crisis and continues to utilise its full fleet of 30 Boeing 787 and 49 Airbus A350 aircraft.
Due to COVID-19’s impact on travel demand, the airline has taken the decision to ground its fleet of Airbus A380s as it is not commercially or environmentally justifiable to operate such a large aircraft in the current market.