The National Flag carrier, Maldivian has revealed that more than 300 of their staff are currently working in the frontline, in the national battle against COVID-19 pandemic.
This was revealed by the airline’s Head of Training and Standard/ Head of ATO Captain Ahmed Hunain on Raajje TV’s “Khabaru Feethaa” Program.
Captain Ahmed Hunain said that ever since the first case of the pandemic was reported in the Maldives, Maldivian has been working in hand in hand with Health Protection Agency (HPA) to assist the organization in their efforts against the virus. He noted that HPA has been extremely helpful to Maldivian, carrying out training for more than 300 staff who are working in the frontline.
Hunain said Maldivian Seaplane carried out the largest flight operations in the Maldives related to COVID-19, whereby they transferred more than 80 positive patients. Seaplane crews wear hazmat suits and work around 8 hours everyday, he revealed. He mentioned that Dash-8 crew wear PPE and work similarly for a duration of 6-8 hours everyday.
Maldivian has also undertaken several repatriation flights to foreign countries, to take and bring Maldivians and other nationals.
Captain Hunain revealed that Airbus Crews onboard these planes work 14 to 16 hours everyday in PPEs as they carry out long international flights, without the crews being able to take a rest stop in other countries.