British Airways announces two new routes

First flights to Maldives for UK airline

BA will fly to the Maldives for the first time from October 25
BA will fly to the Maldives for the first time from October 25

British Airways is to launch new thrice-weekly direct services from the UK to both Male in the Maldives and Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt from October 25.

This will be the first time BA has flown to the Maldives, but will be a return for the airline in the Red Sea resort.

The routes will be operated by Boeing 777 aircraft with a three-class configuration: World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World.

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BA area commercial manager Middle East Paolo De Renzis said: “We are committed to expanding our global network by introducing routes which offer customers increased options and convenience.

“The plan to launch these new services is consistent with our corporate strategy of servicing routes which are expected to yield high demand and research we have conducted indicates that the potential on these new routes is promising.”

The airline’s head of UK & Ireland sales Richard Tams added: “These new routes will be great assets to the BA network and a real winner with customers. They are both perfect holiday destinations, known for their great beaches and fantastic diving. We’re particularly pleased to be serving a completely new destination, the Maldives and returning to Sharm El Sheikh. We expect both routes to perform well.”

Fares from Gatwick to Male will start from £629 (US$1034) return including taxes, fees and charges and fares from Gatwick to Sharm El Sheikh will start from £339 ($557) including taxes, fees and charges.

BA last served Sharm El Sheikh through its franchise operator GB Airways, which was sold in March 2008.

Other changes to the network include the cessation of the London Gatwick to New York flight from October 25.

BA operates up to ten daily flights to New York and will launch the first ever London City - New York service later this year.

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