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British Airways is set to resume flights from London Heathrow airport to the Maldives starting from 16 October 2020. 

According to a press release, after the expansion of the Heathrow Airport in England, flights are being made available to travel to the Maldives from England. This new Heathrow services  is resuming after months of suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: “We’re glad to be returning to more destinations this month, connecting the UK with more and more countries around the world. With increases in both long and short haul services, there is a destination for anyone, and with our enhanced safety measures we hope this encourages people to start planning their next getaway.” 

Understandably, the operations of any flight is still subject to international restrictions and government approval of relevant countries due to the ongoing pandemic. Thus, the airline has taken necessary precautions and arranged appropriate measures, which it requires its customers and crew to abide by, for the safety and comfort of all travelers. The released guidelines by British Airways are as stated:

  • checking-in online, downloading their boarding pass and where possible self-scanning their boarding passes at the departure gate where possible

  • observing social distancing and using hand sanitisers that are placed throughout airports

  • wearing a facemask at all times and bringing enough to replace them every four hours for longer flights

  • asking customers not to travel if they think they have any symptoms of Covid-19

  • cabin crew wearing PPE and a new food service, which reduces the number of interactions required with customers

  • asking customers to ensure they have everything they need from their hand luggage before departure, and where possible, storing their carry-on bag under the seat in front of them

  • providing customers with a personal protection pack including a sealable disposal bag, hand sanitising gel and an antibacterial wipe.

All key surfaces including seats, screens, seat buckles and tray tables will be disinfected and sanitized after every flight and the aircraft itself is to be cleaned from nose to tail daily. Furthermore, the air on all British Airway flights is fully recycled once every two or three minutes through HEPA filters, which remove microscopic bacteria and virus clusters with over 99.9% efficiency, equivalent to hospital operating theatre standards.

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