Travel News: June 3rd 2021

Ritz Carlton opens in the Maldives

According to, Ritz-Carlton Maldives opens in the Fari Islands Maldives, an archipelago on the northeast tip of North Malé Atoll with rates starting around USD3,000 a night.

“Following much anticipation surrounding its debut, we are thrilled to finally open The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, and set a new standard for luxury hospitality in the Maldives, an internationally desired destination,” said  Marriott International president for the Asia Pacific, Rajeev Menon.

Guests will need to take a 10-minute seaplane or a 45-minute boat transfer from Velana International Airport to reach the new resort.

The resort features 100  one- to three-bedroom villas, either set over the sea or in the island’s beach coves, each “offering spacious living spaces that blur the line between indoors and outdoors with panoramic sliding doors, a sun deck with a private infinity pool and breathtaking views. The resort’s minimalist design draws much of its natural surroundings into the guest experience.”

Its signature dining space…for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on


phuket is returning to the tourist maps: KLM starting flights too

Only yesterday I reported that Emirates and Qatar Airways are restarting their flights to the very popular Thai destination. According to, KLM is doing the same. The Amsterdam based Dutch national carrier expands its intercontinental network this winter, adding six new destinations with the new service to Phuket with a stop in Kuala Lumpur catching the travel industry’s attention in Thailand.KLM intends to fly to Phuket Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from Amsterdam with a stop in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The flights will start this October.

The Phuket flights were mentioned in a KLM statement confirming international route changes in its provisional winter schedule (31 October 2021 to 26 March 2022) announced last week.

The airline says the strategy will expand its network where recovery will be quickest, offering customers the broadest possible choice of destinations. They are Mombasa, Orlando, Cancun, Bridgetown, Port of Spain and Phuket in southern Thailand.

The Kenyan beach destination of Mombasa will be served twice weekly, using a Boeing 787-9. The same aircraft operate flights to Orlando in Florida (four weekly) and to the Mexican beach resort of Cancun (three weekly). The Airbus A330 will fly Bridgetown in Barbados (three weekly) and Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago (three weekly). Phuket stands out as the single leisure destination in Asia scheduled for the October launch. It will be served by four weekly flights, using a Boeing 777-300.

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Emirates to launch a new service to Miami

According to the latest press release from Emirates, the Dubai based national carrier announced that it will launch a four times weekly service between Florida’s second largest city, Miami, and Dubai, from 22 July, 2021, expanding its US network to 12 destinations. The new service will provide Emirates’ global travellers with another access point into Florida after Orlando (effective July), serving the Southern Florida area while offering convenient connections for travellers headed towards the Middle East, West Asia, and Indian Ocean via Dubai. With the addition of Miami, Emirates will now serve the US with over 70 weekly flights, offering over 26,000 seats across 12 gateways including Boston, Chicago, New York (JFK and Newark), Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC and Orlando.

A cultural mecca, famous for its proprietary take on nightlife, art, music, architecture and cuisine, the City of Miami is one of America’s most exciting destinations. As travel demand and consumer confidence continues to grow with all the multi-faceted health measures in place, the new route will cater to Emirates’ leisure and business travellers, boosting tourism and trade opportunities both inbound and outbound.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive said: “Launching a non-stop service to Miami at this time signals…. for the rest of the press release with further details, please click here and continue reading on Emirates.


emirates grows further: introducing daily services to bahrain in june

Another fantastic news was published today on Emirates. the airline will be providing more choice and comfort for its customers in Bahrain, with the introduction of the first scheduled Airbus A380 service during the month of June. This is the first time an airline operates the double-decker on a regularly scheduled basis to the Kingdom, and demonstrates the operational readiness of the new airport to provide the necessary infrastructure to accommodate for an A380 service.

The offer is valid for booking from today, until 30 June 2021 for outbound travel until 31 December 2021.*

Emirates flight EK 837 will depart Dubai daily at 1530hrs, arriving in Bahrain at 1550hrs. The return flight EK 840 leaves Bahrain at 1750hrs, arriving in Dubai at 2000hrs. The Emirates A380 aircraft will operate daily, in addition to an earlier morning service, EK837/838, served by a Boeing 777-300ER.

The Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft serving the Dubai-Bahrain route offers a total of 507 seats in a three-class configuration, with 417 spacious seats in Economy Class, 76 fully flat-bed seats in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites.

The Emirates A380 experience is… for the rest of the press release, please continue reading here on Emirates.


phuket rocks: eithad airways resumes flights to rabat and phuket

According to the official press release published by Etihad Airways, the Abu-Dhabi based company is resuming flights to Rabat, Morocco. The flights to Rabat should start from the 23rd of June. Guests who book between 5 and 9 June 2021 will enjoy return fares to Rabat starting from AED 1,995 in Economy and Business fares from AED 9,495. Travellers can jet off to Phuket in Business from AED 6,995. Sale fares are valid for travel until 20 November 2021.

The Rabat service will operate with an initial twice weekly flight.

As posted above and yesterday, Phuket prepares to reopen to international vaccinated travellers, Etihad is recommencing services to the popular holiday destination on 1 July 2021. Flights to Phuket will be operated three times a week, using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, offering Economy Space and Neighbour-free seating options.

To simplify the travel experience and provide additional peace of mind, Etihad recently launched Verified to Fly, allowing guests to validate their Covid-19 travel documents before arriving at the airport. Travellers who use Verified to Fly can enjoy fast track check-in at the airport by going to the dedicated Verified to Fly desk for a quicker and smoother experience. To use the Verified to Fly service, guests can sign-up by visiting Manage my Booking and will receive further information on how to submit their documents.

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