Etihad Flights to MLE

Old Jun 21, 20, 4:44 pm
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Etihad Flights to MLE

Hello,

Does anyone know whether Etihad has announced which daily flight they will keep, moving forward, on the AUH-MLE route? I believe that currently they are slotted to start flying to the Maldives again on Aug 1, and i am due to fly out on Oct 1. I currently have flights with Turkish but would prefer to fly with EY since they have much better timings (or at least they did prior to corona).

Currently, on Aug 1, EY website is showing resumption of this route with two daily flights from AUH to MLE (EY260 and EY278). Now i doubt they would go from zero to two flights a day just like that, so was wondering if anyone on here knew of a more updated "schedule" for this specific route than what is on their website.

Thanks in and advance.
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Old Jun 21, 20, 7:21 pm
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Following with same interest to see what flights remain.
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Old Jun 22, 20, 7:43 am
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All I could find was this, which doesn't tell you much (no specific days), just "2 weekly flights"

https://en.sun.mv/61226
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Old Jun 22, 20, 7:57 pm
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All I could find was this, which doesn't tell you much (no specific days), just "2 weekly flights"

https://en.sun.mv/61226

thank you, i also saw that article. unfortunately EY is not being very transparent on their scheduling (no airline really is at this point). hopefully by october the situation will be a bit more stable.

after 3 months of waiting for a refund (we originally were supposed to fly out on 3/11), i finally called them up again today for the nth time and they were able to rebook us free of charge on 10/1 despite the flying costing nearly 80% more than what we had paid for it originally.

we are booked on EY 260 (10/1) on the way there and EY 279 (10/15) on the way back. fingers crossed that these flights will actually be running in October. 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻
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Old Jun 23, 20, 10:09 am
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thank you, i also saw that article. unfortunately EY is not being very transparent on their scheduling (no airline really is at this point). hopefully by october the situation will be a bit more stable.

after 3 months of waiting for a refund (we originally were supposed to fly out on 3/11), i finally called them up again today for the nth time and they were able to rebook us free of charge on 10/1 despite the flying costing nearly 80% more than what we had paid for it originally.

we are booked on EY 260 (10/1) on the way there and EY 279 (10/15) on the way back. fingers crossed that these flights will actually be running in October. 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻
Hope you can go. A lot of the Maldives resorts won't open until 10/1, so fingers crossed that you're vacation still happens. There's a thread on Trip Advisor forums (Asia -> Maldives) with a list of known resorts that are opening and when, just an FYI.

We had to cancel our April 2020 trip (lost a few thousand dollars due to non-refundable fees and we can't get CFAR in New York). Rebooked to April 2021 (probably should've taken the refund, but I had to act before April 1st, 2020 before everything totally blew up).
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We have a reservation on August, flights: in EY 278 on 5th / out EY 261 on 21st (Y) actually both are confirmed ...
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Old Jun 29, 20, 8:39 pm
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looks like they’ve updated the august flight schedule. they seem to have decided keep EY260/EY 261 every day for the month of august and then adding a second flight on tuesdays and sundays (EY 278/EY 279).

looks like they are keeping the early morning flight which is smart cuz the flight reaching MLE in the afternoon is really badly timed for connections from the US, europe and also for seaplane transfers since the latest you can arrive is 3pm.

i anticipate that at the very least, it will be like this in october too which works just fine....
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They seems to flight only on Tuesday and Saturday to and from Male, during August

we have been rebooked on Saturday (instead Wednesday) from Abu Dhabi to Male (flight EY278) and on Saturday (instead Friday) from Male to Abu Dhabi (flight EY279)

for what I know, no any daily flight until the end of August.
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