British Airways Melts in The Maldives

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British Airways is launching its new flight to The Maldives at the end of October 2009, coupled with a wide range of exceptionally high standard hotels for every taste

British Airways is to launch its new thrice-weekly direct service from Gatwick to Male in the Maldives from October 25, 2009.

The new service will be the first time ever British Airways has offered flights to the Maldives. The new flights to Malé ( ) will depart Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

As well as flights to The Maldives, British Airways will be adding Sharm El Sheikh to its already extensive network. Richard Tams, British Airways' head of UK & Ireland sales, said: "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."

Holidays in The Maldives ( ) will introduce British Airways customers to a fantastic selection of tiny palm fringed coral islands each with its own exclusive resort hotel. Each of these international standard hotels in the Maldives ( ), is four or five stars in quality offering a great range of activities such as diving, snorkelling, sailing and fishing, or you can simply laze your days away sunbathing on a stunning white, sandy beach.

Among the hotels suitable for a romantic break in the Maldives ( ), are the recently opened 5 star Coco Palm Bodu Hithi, the 5 star Four Seasons Resort at Landaa and the 5 star Four Seasons Resort at Kuda Huraa. Seaplane or boat transfers are included in the price of all British Airways Maldives resort hotels regardless if customers book a hotel only stay or a package holiday.

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

Notes to Editors:
Tickets and holidays are on sale now through and direct through BA reservations on 0844 493 0758.

About British Airways / British Airways Holidays Ltd
British Airways Holidays Ltd. is a fully owned subsidiary of British Airways plc, which offers a range of destinations, hotels, car rental and experiences. With many money-saving special offers available; and the security of travelling with British Airways, British Airways Holidays Ltd can add peace of mind to holiday plans. Working very closely with colleagues at British Airways, British Airways Holidays constantly seeks to exceed customers' expectations, both in terms of the value for money and quality of the service provided.

British Airways / British Airways Holidays Ltd PR contact:
Charlotte Lawrence
Astral Towers
Betts Way
London Road
RH10 9XA
01293 722107


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