12 Airports in Maldives Listed to Make Your Travel Easier

Velena International Airport is the main airport in Maldives, located on Hulhulé Island, near the capital city Male. It is the airport that serves as the main gateway to Maldives. There are 4 international airports in Maldives and 12 domestic airports. Listed below are the main international and domestic airports in Maldives:

International Airports in Maldives

1. Velana International Airport

Velana International Airport of Maldives
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Popularly known as Male International Airport and sometimes Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, Velana International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the Maldives. It connects Maldives to all the destinations across the world. At present, it is operated by the Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) and serves as the headquarters of 2 airline companies - Trans Maldivian Airways, which operates seaplanes, and Maldivian, the national airlines of the country.

Terminals: The airport has 3 terminals - one international, one domestic and another water dome for seaplane operations. 

Transportation to and from the 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. Maldivian and Sri Lankan Airlines have the maximum number of flight operations.

Services and facilities
: ATMs, a branch of the Bank of Maldives, forex counters, pharmacy and health centre, free internet kiosks, baggage storage options, duty-free shops and food options.

Serves:
 Male

Airport Codes: IATA - MLE and ICAO - VRMM

2. Gan International Airport

Gan International Airport, Airports of Maldives
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Gan Airport is one of the three international airports of Maldives and is smaller than the Male International Airport with limited flight operations. It lies on Gan Island in Addu Atoll, 544 km south of Male, and was initially built by the Royal Navy. It is managed by the Addu International Airport Pvt. Ltd.

Terminals: The airport has 2 terminals - one is used for both domestic and international flight movements, and the other Executive Terminal is a private terminal used by the Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa for its guests.

Transportation to and from the Airport: The primary transportation from the airport includes taxis. For moving to other resort islands, speedboats have to be used.

Airlines in operation
: Currently, Maldivian is the only domestic airline connecting islands like Fuvahmulah, Kooddoo, Kaadedhdhoo and Kadhdhoo. The only international flight carrier operating is SriLankan Airlines connecting Colombo.

Services and facilities
: Medical facilities, a restaurant, prayer room

Serves
: Addu City

Airport Codes
: IATA - GAN and ICAO - VRMG

3. Hanimaadhoo International Airport

Hanimaadhoo International Airport, Maldives Airport
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Hanimaadhoo International Airport is one of the three international airports in Maldives. It lies on Hanimaadhoo Island in Haa Dhaalu Atoll, 287 km north of Male. It is operated by the Maldives Airports Company Limited and has a single runway for both domestic and international flight operations.

Airlines in operation
: Maldivian is the only flight carrier 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

Domestic Airports in Maldives

4. Villa International Airport

Villa International Airport, Airports in Maldives
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Operated by the Villa Group, Villa International Airport serves as a base for the private airline company Flyme, also known as Villa Air. It lies on Maamigili Island in Alif Dhaalu Atoll, 108 km southwest of Male island. It has a single terminal with a single concrete runway. Some of the closest resorts to this airport include Sun Island Resort, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa, etc. For reaching these resorts, speedboats can be used from this airport in Maldives.

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

5. Dharavandhoo Airport

Dharavandhoo  Airport, Airports of Maldives
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Dharavandhoo Airport is a domestic airport in Maldives owned by Coastline Hotels & Resorts Pvt Ltd and operated by the Island Aviation Services. It lies on Dharavandhoo Island, Baa Atoll, about 115 km northwest of Male.

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

6. Kadhdhoo Airport

Kadhdhoo  Airport, Maldives Airports
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Kadhdhoo Airport is one of the first domestic airports to be built in the Maldives in the 1980s for connecting the faraway islands to Male. It is located on Kadhdhoo Island, around 260 kms away from Malé, and serves the islands in Haddhunmathi Atoll. This airport in Maldives is operated by the Maldives Airports Corporation and has a single runway.

Services and facilities
: Restaurant, lounge, 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

7. Kaadedhdhoo Airport

Kaadedhdhoo  Airport, Airports in Maldives
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Opened in 1993, this is another domestic airport in the Maldives, lying on Kaadedhdhoo Island, nearly 340 kms south of Malé. It is operated by the Maldives Airports Corporation and serves the islands in the Huvadhu Atoll. Kaadedhdhoo is basically an uninhabited island, so the only accommodations available are the resorts and guesthouses on the nearby islands and they can be reached by speedboat from this airport.

Airlines in operation:
 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

8. Fuvahmulah Airport

Fuvahmulah  Airport, Airports of Maldives
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Owned and operated by the Government of Maldives, this is a relatively newer domestic airport opened only in 2011. It serves the faraway Fuvahmulah Island, around 500 kms south of Male. The airport is quite small with a single runway. Maldivian and Flyme operate scheduled flights to and from Gan and Male from the Fuvahmulah airport, but flights are sometimes cancelled due to the lack of passengers.

Serves
: Gnaviyani

Airport Codes
: IATA - FVM and ICAO - VRMR

9. Dhaalu Airport

Dhaalu  Airport, Maldives Airport
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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

10. Thimarafushi Airport

Thimarafushi  Airport, Airports in Maldives
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Thimarafushi Airport on Thimarafushi Island, Thaa Atoll, lies around 224 kms south of Male. It is a domestic airport constructed by the Maldives Transport and Contracting Company in 2013 and is currently operated by the Island Aviation Services. This airport in Maldives has flights connecting only the island of Male.

Serves: Thaa Atoll

Airport Codes
: IATA - TMF and ICAO - VRNT

11. Kooddoo Airport

Kooddoo  Airport, Airports of Maldives
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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 

12. Ifuru Airport

Ifuru  Airport, Maldives Airports
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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
 
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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