Emirates to resume flights to Maldives from July 16

Emirates announced Monday that the airline would resume passenger flights to the Maldives on July 16.

A press release issued by the airline said it would operate five weekly flights between Male' and Dubai. The flights will operate on all days except Tuesday and Wednesday.

"This will bring Emirates' network to 52 destinations in July, offering travellers convenient connections between the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas through its Dubai hub, while ensuring the health and safety of customers and employees on the ground and in the air," the company said.

Emirates said new protocols will be followed to ensure the safety of passengers, and revealed that a 'Hygiene Kit' will be provided for all passengers. The kit will contain a mask, gloves, sanitizer and antibacterial tissue, said the airline.

The Maldives closed its borders to tourists on March 27 as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. While the tourism-dependent archipelago is preparing to reopen its borders on July 15, over 10 international airlines have requested to book slots from the airport to operate their flights.