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According to the Ministry of Tourism, more than a million tourists from all over the world visit the Maldives every year. The tourism sector is constantly developing, so the country's need for airport terminals is also increasing. Local authorities are making efforts to promote this development and provide guests with the most convenient transfer even to the most remote and hard-to-reach corners of the country.

Therefore, along with the "old-timer airports" in the Maldives, new airports are opening that serve domestic flights and provide travelers with an alternative to a convenient but expensive seaplane transfer.

To date, this island nation has 18 airports: 5 international and 13 domestic, a complete list of which you will find in this article.


International airports

Communication of the Maldives with the outside world is carried out by flights from the following airports.

Velana International Airport International

Velana airport International (also known as Ibrahim Nasir International Airport or Male Airport ) is the main artery of the country's transport system. Opened in the mid-60s, constantly developing and increasing traffic, today this air hub connects the Maldives with more than 20 countries, including: the UAE, Singapore, Qatar, Great Britain, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, India and Sri -Lanka.

In addition to international, the airport also serves local flights.

For airport guests, all the basic services that travelers may need are provided:

  • currency exchange and ATMs;
  • luggage packing and storage services;
  • mother and child room;
  • 24-hour information desk;
  • tourist police office;
  • Duty stores Free;
  • pharmacy and medical center;
  • food courts.

Hulhule is a short drive from the airport. Island Hotel, where travelers can comfortably spend the night while waiting for their transfer to distant islands.

This article will help you find the right hotel near Velana Airport.

Get from the airport to the capital Male in 10-15 minutes by public ferry, speedboat or bus.


Gan International Airport

Gan International initially served as a staging area for the RAF and was taken over by the Maldivian government in 1976. Today it serves local and international flights. In particular, flights are operated from Gan Airport to Male, as well as to Sri Lanka.

  • Location - Gan Island, Addu Atoll.
  • Distance from Male - 545 km.
  • Resorts nearby - Equator Village Resort, Canareef Resort Maldives.

Asad Photo Maldives
Asad Photo Maldives

Maafaru International Airport

This airport was officially opened on December 1, 2019. Its construction was part of a plan to develop Noonu Atoll as a luxury tourist area and was accompanied by a number of incidents related to the negative impact of construction on the ecology of the island. Thus, there was a threat of destruction of turtle nesting sites, and there were also cases of illegal export of coconut trees uprooted during construction.

Today, the airport serves regular domestic and international flights, as well as private charters. There are flights from here to India as well as some inland islands including Ifuru and Male.

The airport has a passenger terminal, a VIP lounge and is operated by the national airline Maldivian .

Hanimaadhoo International Airport

This small airport has only one runway. Serves mainly domestic flights, in particular, connecting the island with the capital Male.

Maamigili International Airport

Villa Airport, although it is considered international, is mainly designed to serve domestic aviation vessels. It has one small concrete runway and receives flights from Velana International Airport .

Asad Photo Maldives
Asad Photo Maldives

Domestic airports

For your convenience, we have prepared a table containing a list of regional Maldivian airports and resorts located in their immediate vicinity.

The airport

Distance from Male, km

Resorts nearby


(Dharavandhoo Island, Baa Atoll)


Kihaa Maldives

Soneva Fushi

Dusit Thani Maldives


(Kadhdhoo Island, atoll Laamu)


Six Senses Laamu


(Kaadedhdhoo Island, Gaafu Atoll Dhaalu)


Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

Robinson Club Maldives

Amari Havodda Maldives


(Kudahuvadhoo Island, Dhaalu Atoll)


Kandima Maldives

Niyama Private Islands

Riu Palace

St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort


(Fuvahmulah Island, Gnaviyani Atoll)


South Palm Resort Maldives


(Thimarafushi Island Thaa Atoll)


COMO Maalifushi


(Kooddoo Island, Gaafu Atoll Alifu)


Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort

The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah

The Residence Maldives Falhumaafushi

Pullman Maldives All-Inclusive Resort

Ifuru (Raa atoll)


Joali Maldives

Cora Cora Maldives

You & Me Maldives


(Hoarafushi island, atoll Haa Alif)


JA Manafaru


(Kulhudhuffushi Island, Haa Atoll Dhaalu)


The Barefoot Eco Hotel


(Funadhoo Island, Shaviyani Atoll )


JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa


(Lhaviyani Atoll)


Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives


(Maavarulu Island, Gaafu Atoll Dhaalu)


Ayada Maldives

Due to the current epidemiological situation, air carriers may restrict flights in certain directions. Therefore, carefully check the information before booking.

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