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No More Waiting In Maldives Airport. Quick Exit In 10 Minutes.

Escaping to a luxury Maldives resort is now easier. A premium service lets you skip the immigration queue at Velana International Airport. Upon landing at the airport, airport staff receive VIP guests at the flight stairs and escort them to a lounge, while regular passengers proceed to the arrival hall, where they queue up for passport processing.

Several Maldives resorts offer villas that cost more than $3000 per night during the Winter period, few resorts sell exceptionally exclusive villas above $10000 per night. Waiting in airport queues becomes a hassle for the highest number of tourists. But, not anymore.

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No More Waiting In Maldives Airport. Quick Exit In 10 Minutes.

Streamline Your Arrival: Skip the Airport Queues in the Maldives

There is a unique service offered by a local agent to skip the queue and exit the terminal in 10 minutes. If you have checked-in baggage it takes more time but you will be in the comfort of the lounge, enjoying snacks and drinks instead of being lined up in the queue.

When your baggage makes it to the belt there are staff who collect and bring it to you in the lounge for your convenience. However, the service more ideal for private jet flyers as it allows them to skip the regular formalities of passing through the immigration and customs.

Fast track service is available for both arrivals and departures. However, it is more popular for the arrivals as more guests are willing to pay extra to quickly get away into the paradise. Especially after an 8-hour flight from Europe, it could make you completely exhausted when you land, so you would not want to spend more time in queues.

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Velana International Airport in Male Island is a busy place. Don’t forget that Maldives welcomes nearly 2 million tourists every year, despite the country being so small. In peak season you can only expect the airport to be jampacked with tourists, locals are few and there are dedicated lanes for locals in immigration so they pass through quickly.

No More Waiting In Maldives Airport. Quick Exit In 10 Minutes.

A VIP Solution for Travelers: Skip the Queues and Enjoy the Lounge

VIP service offered by Maldives Finest makes the departure more convenient as tourists check in directly to the lounge instead of going to the departure terminal. The staff collects baggage and checks in at the respective airline inside the terminal while passengers enjoy snacks and drinks in the lounge.

Once check-in they present the boarding card with the luggage tags. When the time comes for boarding the aircraft the lounge Host or Hostess escorts you, usually, there is a separate vehicle for CIP / VIP passengers who are in conform of the lounge.

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The scene for regular tourists is a lot different. They have to line up in the queue even to gain entrance to the terminal itself and there are queues at the airline counter, immigration, and security.

Despite all the benefits the VIP Airport Service comes at a premium price of $280 per person. There are limited slots and seats in the lounge are reserved for guests who have confirmed reservations, so you don’t need to worry about the lounge getting crowded.

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No More Waiting In Maldives Airport. Quick Exit In 10 Minutes.

Fast-Track Service: Your Ticket to a Hassle-Free Maldives Experience

Before arriving in the Maldives you should have your transfer to the resort prearranged. Resorts close to Male’ often offer speedboat transfers, as for others it is either domestic flight or seaplane. Some resorts offer mixed options and you can book through the agent as part of your holiday package.

Seaplane only flies in the daytime. If you are arriving later than 1500 hours, you should check with the resort or travel agent if you can fly to the resort the same day. Some guests obtain the VIP option in the airport just to make it to the seaplane quickly.

Most of the local agents avoid risks while planning holidays, so if your international flight is arriving late they book the first night at a hotel in Hulhumale, a 10-minute drive from the airport, then you can fly to the resort the following day. Some guests have to book an extra night for departure due to the seaplane operating hours.

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If you do not consider this factor you may lose money when you have to depart earlier than booked. Under international hotel policy, there is no refund for early departures. Booking through an agent means all such matters are taken care of during the holiday planning.

Some Of The Top Resorts

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is located in Male’ Atoll, it takes only 40 minutes to get there by luxury yacht. This island is considered one of the most luxurious hotels in the country. Accommodation options vary from beach villas to water villas.

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There is also an option to book an entire island for a couple, this tiny island is located near the main resort, so that guests can conveniently visit the main island for various facilities and services.

Another luxury resort near the airport is known as Ritz Carlton Maldives. The spherical design of villas with eco-friendly concepts makes it highly attractive among ultra-luxury holidaymakers. They also offer luxury yachts for the transfer, The distance is almost the same as Waldorf Astoria but the locations are different even though both are in the same atoll.

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If you are arriving by private jet you may want to consider flying direct to Maafaru International Airport to avoid the hustle and bustle of the main airport. Noonu Atoll is well known for luxury resorts, there are 3 top-luxury islands that take only a few minutes to transfer.

The most popular are Soneva Jani, Cheval Blanc Randheli, and Velaa Private Island. Local agents can obtain landing permits for the private jet and fuel is available, along with other essentials.

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Soneva Jani is unique resort. Many of their villas come with a water slide, which brings an incredible element of fun to luxury holidays. Plunge into the clear waters of Maldives can’t be more enjoyable. The resort also offers some unique attractions including star gazing.

By the way, some of their villas come with retractable roofs, you can slide the roof compartment to watch stars at night or catch some natural light in the daytime, it is a cool feature to experience.

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ANAC Halts Porto Alegre Flight Sales, Due to Severe Airport Flooding

ANAC Halts Porto Alegre Flight Sales, Due to Severe Airport Flooding

In response to severe flooding that has rendered Salgado Filho Airport in Porto Alegre inoperable, the Brazilian Civil Aviation Regulator, the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), has enacted a temporary prohibition on the sale of airline tickets to and from the airport.

This measure applies across all sales channels, including travel agencies, and will remain in effect until ANAC reevaluates the situation.

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The closure of the airport, located in the capital of Rio Grande do Sul, has had significant repercussions, affecting more than 490,000 passengers. The terminal remains indefinitely closed due to the flooding, with the runway still submerged under water.

In light of these circumstances, airlines are offering flexibility to affected customers. Passengers can reschedule their flights to Porto Alegre within a year of the original scheduled date without incurring additional fees. Alternatively, they can opt for a refund, either in cash or credit.

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To accommodate displaced travelers, airlines have increased the number of flights to nearby airports in the southern region of Brazil. This increase aims to prioritize passengers who already have issued tickets.

According to ANAC’s directives, airlines must identify and prioritize contact with passengers who have a pending return journey, whether traveling to or from Rio Grande do Sul, to facilitate their reaccommodations preferentially.

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Man Falls From Airplane Door In Indonesia After Staff Pull Back Stairs

Man Falls From Airplane Door In Indonesia After Staff Pull Back Stairs

An airline worker in Indonesia narrowly escaped serious injury in a harrowing incident at Jakarta Airport.

The episode unfolded when colleagues inadvertently removed the airstairs from a TransNusa Airbus A320 just as the worker stepped off the plane, causing him to plummet to the tarmac below.

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Reports detail the heart-stopping moment when the worker, engaged in conversation inside the aircraft, exited the door only to find himself stepping into thin air. Caught off guard by the sudden absence of the stepladder, he fell to the ground as his colleagues looked on in shock.

Fortunately, the quick response of those nearby ensured the worker received immediate medical attention, with reports indicating his condition is now stable and he has avoided serious injury. A viral video of the incident, shared by CEO of Avialaz Consultants Sanjay Lazar, has sparked widespread concern on social media platforms, drawing attention to the dangers faced by aviation personnel in high-pressure environments.

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In the footage, two crew members can be seen detaching the stepladder, unaware of the worker’s imminent departure from the aircraft. Moments later, the worker steps out, only to be met with empty space and a sudden descent to the ground. The chaotic scene unfolds as papers scatter in the air and bystanders rush to aid the fallen worker.

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Italian Airports Explore Passport-Free Travel with FaceBoarding Technology

Italian Airports Explore Passport-Free Travel with FaceBoarding Technology
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In a groundbreaking move toward seamless travel experiences, two Italian airports, Milan Linate and Catania, are leading the way with innovative “FaceBoarding” technology at their security checkpoints.

This cutting-edge facial recognition system enables passengers to breeze through the airport without the hassle of presenting their passport or boarding pass.

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Here’s how it works: passengers over 18 simply need to check-in and then proceed to the FaceBoarding desks, where they scan their passport or electronic ID card and undergo a facial scan for verification.

Once registered, travelers can enjoy expedited processes at security screening and boarding gates, with dedicated lanes ensuring priority for FaceBoarding users. Initially available for ITA Airways and Scandinavian Airlines passengers, the trial phase of this technology promises a glimpse into the future of air travel.

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While other airlines still require traditional document checks, those participating in the trial can enjoy the convenience of passport-free boarding. But the innovation doesn’t stop there. Soon, with the FaceBoarding app launching in June, registered users can streamline their future journeys by attaching boarding passes directly to their scanned identity documents. This seamless integration aims to enhance passenger convenience and airport efficiency.

Moreover, frequent flyers have the option to register for FaceBoarding for one or all of their flights during the trial period, which extends until December 31, 2025. This initiative optimizes the airport experience by minimizing the need for document checks while maintaining stringent security measures.

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Meanwhile, on a broader scale, the European Union is gearing up to introduce another form of biometric technology. The Entry/Exit System (EES) will automate the registration process for non-EU travelers, including those from the UK, streamlining entry procedures across EU airports.

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