12 Airports in Maldives Listed to Make Your Travel Easier


Listed below are all the airports in Maldives with their features and the airline companies operating.

International Airports

1. Velana International Airport


The capital island Male lies at a distance of 1km the airport and can be easily reached by ferry or speedboat. Ferries are the cheapest and cost around MVR 15 during the daytime when they are available at intervals of 10 to 15 minutes - a surcharge applies at night. On Fridays, however, these are available only till midnight. Ferries to other local islands are not available from the airport but only from Male island. If you are staying at a resort island, then speedboats or seaplanes are the only modes of transport, and these are available from the airport itself.

Airlines in operation
: Some of the major flight carriers operating in the Male International Airport include Maldivian, Emirates, Air Asia, China Eastern Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, etc. These airlines connect the airports in Maldives to major cities of the world like Moscow, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Singapore, Colombo and also to other islands of the country like Fuvahmulah, Kooddoo, Thimarafushi, Dharavandhoo and others. Out of these, Maldivian and SriLankan Airlines have the maximum number of flight operations.

Services and facilities
: Various types of services and facilities are available at the airport for passengers' convenience. These include ATMs, a branch of the Bank of Maldives, forex counters, pharmacy and health centre, free internet kiosks, baggage storage options, dutyfree shops and food and bite options.

Serves:
 Male

Airport Codes: IATA - MLE and ICAO - VRMM

Male International Airport, Airports in Maldives
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2. Gan International Airport


The primary transportation from the airport includes taxis. For moving to other resort islands, speedboats have to be used. All resorts and sometimes some guesthouses too arrange for transportation of their guests to and from the airport.

Airlines in operation
: The airlines operating at the Gan International Airport include Flyme and Maldivian with flights to and from Male and other domestic islands like Fuvahmulah, Kooddoo, Kaadedhdhoo and Kadhdhoo. The only international flight carrier operating is SriLankan Airlines connecting Colombo.

Services and facilities
: Some of the services and facilities available at the Gan International Airport include medical facilities, a restaurant and a prayer room for Muslims. Additional facilities in the Executive Terminal include free wifi, televisions and a lounge.

Serves
: Addu City

Airport Codes
: IATA - GAN and ICAO - VRMG
 
Gan International Airport, Airports of Maldives
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3. Hanimaadhoo International Airport


Airlines in operation
: Maldivian is the only flight carrier operating in this airport, connecting Hanimaadhoo to Trivandrum in India and other islands of the Maldives such as Male, Dharavandhoo and Ifuru.

Serves: Haa Dhaalu

Airport Codes: IATA - HAQ and ICAO - VRMH
 
Hanimaadhoo International Airport, Maldives Airport
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4. Villa International Airport


Airlines in operation
: Flyme operates scheduled flights to and from various domestic destinations like Male, Gan, Dharavandhoo, Fuvahmulah, etc. Chartered seaplanes also operate from this airport.

Serves:
Alifu Dhaalu

Airport Codes: IATA - VAM and ICAO - VRMV
 
Villa International Airport, Airports in Maldives
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Domestic Airports

5. Dharavandhoo Airport


Airlines in operation
: From Dharavandhoo, Flyme and Maldivian have around 8-9 flights daily to and from destinations like Male, Hanimaadhoo and Ifuru.

Serves:
Baa Atoll

Airport Codes: IATA - DRV and ICAO - VRMD

Dharavandhoo  Airport, Airports of Maldives
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6. Kadhdhoo Airport


Services and facilities
: Some of the facilities available at the Kadhdhoo Airport include a restaurant, a lounge, a play area for children, mosques, and rooms for passengers to stay.

Airlines in operation
: Flyme and Maldivian operate flights connecting some domestic destinations like Male, Gan, Kaadedhdhoo, Kooddoo, and some others.

Serves:
Laamu Atoll

Airport Codes
: IATA - KDO and ICAO - VRMK

Kadhdhoo  Airport, Maldives Airports
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7. Kaadedhdhoo Airport


Airlines in operation:
This airport in Maldives has a limited number of flight operations. Maldivian is the only airline operating with flights connecting the islands of Male, Gan and the nearby Kadhdhoo.

Serves:
Gaafu Dhaalu

Airport Codes: IATA - KDM and ICAO - VRMT
 
Kaadedhdhoo  Airport, Airports in Maldives
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8. Fuvahmulah Airport


Serves
: Gnaviyani

Airport Codes
: IATA - FVM and ICAO - VRMR

Fuvahmulah  Airport, Airports of Maldives
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9. Dhaalu Airport

The largest and also the newest domestic airport in Maldives, Dhaalu Airport was opened only as recently as 2017. It lies in Kudahuvadhoo Island, on land reclaimed from the lagoon. The airport is owned by Reollo Investments Pvt Ltd and operated by Dhaalu Airport Holdings. It has a pretty large runway that is designed to handle large flights and uses solar energy in some of its operations. The airport has food and bites options, a shop and a VIP lounge for its passengers.

Airlines in operation: Flights connecting the islands of Male, Kaadedhdhoo, Kadhdhoo and Gan, operated by Maldivian, are available from this airport.

Serves: Dhaalu Atoll

Airport Codes
: IATA - DDD and ICAO - VRMU
 
Dhaalu  Airport, Maldives Airport
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10. Thimarafushi Airport


Serves: Thaa Atoll

Airport Codes
: IATA - TMF and ICAO - VRNT

Thimarafushi  Airport, Airports in Maldives
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11. Kooddoo Airport

Another domestic airport in Maldives, Kooddoo Airport was opened in 2012. It lies on Kooddoo Island, Gaafu Alifu Atoll, nearly 384 km south of Male. It is owned by a private company named Bonavista Maldives Pvt Ltd and operated by the Island Aviation Services. Maldivian has flights connecting Kooddoo to Male, Gan and Kadhdhoo.

Serves: Gaafu Alifu

Airport Codes
: IATA - GKK and ICAO - VRMO
 
Kooddoo  Airport, Airports of Maldives
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12. Ifuru Airport

Ifuru Airport is a small domestic airport located on the island of Ifuru in Raa Atoll, 177 km north of Male. It was built by the Coastline Investments in 2015 to connect all the islands in the Raa Atoll and Noonu Atoll to the capital. The airport is now operated by the Island Aviation Services. From Ifuru, Male and Dharavandhoo airports can be reached by flights operated by Maldivian.

Serves: Ifaru

Airport Codes
: IATA - IFU and ICAO - VREI
 
Ifuru  Airport, Maldives Airports
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Thus, Maldives has four international airports, one large and three smaller, and eight domestic airports. A particularly fun fact is that some of the islands are so small that it has nothing else but only the airport! So, don't forget to peep in through the windows of the aeroplanes to get spellbinding bird's-eye views of the peninsula and the endless blue ocean, and click many pictures. Once you land at the airport in Maldives, you can get your tourist visa in less than an hour - know about how to get a Maldives Visa for Indians! Happy Holidaying :)

This post was published by Sinorita Naskar

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