Qatar Airways is delighted to be the first international airline to resume flights to the Maldives, with the first daily service touching down at Velana International Airport this week, marked with a water cannon salute.

With the airline’s network never falling below 30 destinations throughout the crisis, Qatar Airways continues to lead the recovery of international air travel. By 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 the following destinations:

  • 15 July – Male, Maldives (daily)
  • 16 July – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (three times weekly)
  • 18 July – Djibouti (three times weekly)
  • 23 July – Antalya (two times weekly) / Bodrum, Turkey (two times weekly)
  • 25 July – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (three times weekly increasing to daily from 1 Aug)
  • 29 July – Helsinki (three times weekly)

With the resumption of services to Maldives and Antalya, and Bodrum in Turkey commencing next week, the growing network of Qatar Airways now includes a number of popular summer holiday destinations that are open to visitors.**

Travellers can enjoy the white sandy beaches of the Maldives, one of the most popular and exclusive destinations in the world, soak up the summer sun along 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, also this week. Passengers 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; plus 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. The airline’s variety of modern fuel-efficient aircraft meant it can continue flying by offering the right capacity in each market. 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 justifiable to operate such a large aircraft in the current market.

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** Entry restrictions vary for each country depending on a number of factors and can change at short notice. Passengers are advised to check how entry restrictions apply to them ahead of travel.