British Airways moves its Maldives flights to Heathrow Airport

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Whilst this has not been officially announced, British Airways is moving its Maldives flights to London Heathrow this Winter.

The service, which runs three times per week between November and March, will now depart and arrive from Heathrow Teminal 5 using a Boeing 777.

If you are booked on this service, you should double check your seat reservations since they may have changed.  It is now a four class service which means First Class is available.

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British Airways moves Maldives flights to Heathrow

Rob discussing coronavirus and aviation on BBC World News

I was on ‘Talking Business with Aaron Heslehurst’ on BBC World News yesterday, discussing coronavirus and its effects on the global aviation industry – or as much as you can discuss in 3 minutes!  Nothing like live TV in front of a few million people to keep you on your toes.

Ironically, the only reason I was able to go on the BBC to discuss coronavirus is that the trade show I was meant to be attending in Berlin was cancelled …. due to coronavirus.

The video is here if you want to take a look.  If you can’t see it below, click here for our You Tube channel.

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  1. Craig says:


    Rob/all – I am in need of 140 tier points to get BA silver. I need them in the next 2.5 months. Do you think it is worth waiting for a bit to see if they put any Helsinki flights on sale given the lack of people flying at the moment? Or are their any other cheap routes I could take?

    Any thoughts welcome! Thank you

    • Shoestring says:

      have you had a good look at cash HEL flights in Business over next 10 weeks? they were under £200 just weeks ago with 3000 Avios earned (= £30 off) and all 4 Oneworld T3 lounges to enjoy

      have they gone up?

      • Craig says:

        Yeah they seem to have. With one night in Helsinki looks like it will be closer to 300 if not more, or is there a better way to do it than one night in Helsinki? Just wondering what the chances of some sale prices coming in given the situation!

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Sofia and Tirana are cheap pretty much all the time

    • Maldives – accommodation advice or if anyone remembers when we last discussed in comments?

    • mr_jetlag says:

      Still see £200 ish HEL fares on a few midweek flights. Could you nest an economy points redemption with a cash fare and travel twice?

  2. Shoestring says:

    PASSENGERS are “being turned away” and Flybe planes “are impounded at UK airports” — amid fears the ailing airline has collapsed.

    • Shoestring says:

      Peter A Smith
      @PeterAdamSmith | 21,769 followers
      Has FlyBe just ceased operating in front of my eyes? Waiting to board a FlyBe flight to Birmingham and all of their flights have just been cancelled. Advice from staff is FlyBe “definitely will not be flying out tomorrow either.” @itvnews

      • Shoestring says:

        not that I do Twitter – just want to make that clear 🙂

        • Sandgrounder says:

          Multiple reports now from all over the country, looks like it’s all over.

          • Shoestring says:

            Devon Live has been told tonight that a flight bound for Devon has been grounded.
            One of those on board the plane currently sat on the runway at Manchester Airport is Phil Hoult.
            Phil, who lives in Exeter, said: “I’m stuck on a plane at Manchester Airport. The captain has told us we won’t be flying anywhere and I think we’re going to be kicked out with nowhere to go.
            “We think it’s because of Flybe not being able to pay the airport fees but there’s no regard for any passengers.
            “The flight is full, maybe 200 people and it’s very hot. We’ll probably get pussycat virus as well, it’s that bad.”

  3. OT Gatwick North lounges. Should I:
    * Pay £5 to guarantee entry to No 1
    * Try for Aspire or MyLounge on spec
    * Pay £15 for Clubrooms (although if it’s one item from the menu and *no* buffet then I’m reluctant – we need a review, Rob!)
    * Avoid the lounges and go somewhere else

  4. Harry T says:

    Arrived in Sydney. Can’t believe the number of people on the plane. Most of them only wore the mask intermittently and left them around their necks for long periods of time. Seems rather strange to make yourself that uncomfortable on a red eye flight and then not practise basic hand and mask hygiene.

    • Harry T says:

      *number of people wearing masks on the plane

      • Shoestring says:

        wearing a mask doesn’t really help you, it helps others

        ie it won’t stop viruses getting in, but if you cough/ sneeze etc, it helps stop viruses getting out & affecting others

        selfish, maybe – but understandable as uncomfortable to wear

        thought you were a medic? 🙂

  5. Eli gold says:

    I hope British Airways watch that.

    Sadly correct prediction about Flybe

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