Air Astana launches direct flights to the Maldives

posted on 23rd November 2020 by Eddie Saunders
Air Astana launches direct flights to the Maldives

Air Astana, the award-winning national airline of Kazakhstan, is showing operational resilience during the months of December and January 2021 with the launch of special scheduled flights to the Maldives, for the first time. Flights will operate from Almaty, Kazakhstan’s second city, twice weekly from 5 December, on Wednesdays and Saturdays and additionally on Mondays from December 21, 2020.


Services will be operated by Air Astana’s newest fleet type, the state-of-the-art Airbus A321LR aircraft, configured for 16 Business Class seats and 150 in Economy.  Its lie-flat business class seats are equipped with 16-inch individual entertainment screens, with four of the 16 seats offering additional personal space. In economy class, the Recaro seats provide increased comfort for long flights and are equipped with individual 10-inch screens.


With upped demand during the festive season from 16 December to 16 January, 2021, Air Astana will schedule its wide-bodied Boeing 767 aircraft to the country’s Male Airport, providing additional seat capacity.


On Wednesdays and Saturdays, flights will depart Almaty at 01.20 local time and arrive in Male at 07.05 local time. On Mondays, flights will depart Almaty at 01.30 local time and arrive in Male at 07.15 local time.  Return service from Male will depart at 19.35 and arriving in Almaty next day at 03.10 local time.


Fares start from US$677 in economy class and from US$2,067 in business class, including all taxes and surcharges. The prices are subject to variations in exchange rates on the day of ticket issue.


After a successful online application, entrance Visas will be issued free of charge upon arrival at the airport, valid for 30 days from date of receipt.


The entry requirements to the Republic of Maldives include mandatory negative PCR Test results certificates in English.  All certificates are valid for 96 hours from test commencement through to the scheduled flight arrival time.


Infants under the age of 12 months are exempt from testing.


Passengers are also required to fill in a compulsory medical health declaration, 24 hours before arrival to the destination. In the declaration form, passengers will need to upload a photo of themselves (up to 2 megabytes), as well as obtain a negative PCR test.  Failure to do so will result in denied boarding.