Etihad Airways to resume operation to Maldives on July 16

Etihad Airways will resume operation to the Maldives on July 16, the airline has announced.

The second-largest and a flag carrier airline of the UAE, Etihad said it will begin scheduled flights to 15 destinations including Maldives, Jordan's Ammam, UK's Manchester City and Cairo, Egypt. The destinations also include seven Indian cities. Etihad Airways will operate two weekly flights to Velana International Airport from July 16.

Etidhad Airways will be ensuring the safety of its passengers by adopting comprehensive safety measure, including the availability of sanitizer aboard the aircraft and ensuring food safety among others.

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, including Emirates and Sri Lankan Airlines.