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Maldives Airports Full List

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Maldives, the most dispersed country on the planet with 1,192 islands spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometres, already has 13 airports, including four international airports. Honeymoon islands with white sandy beaches and beautiful blue lagoons surrounded by turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean pleasing to the eye already on the airplane board before landing at one of the airports of the Maldives.

Over a million tourists from across the globe visit the Indian Ocean island nation every year to holiday in one of the 120 resorts and 300 plus guesthouses located in all corners of the country. The multi-billion dollar tourism industry, which is the country’s main economic activity, relies heavily on the domestic transport infrastructure, especially air travel.

Good to know: If you are planning a budget trip to the Maldives - do not rush to book air tickets online on the airliners' websites (Maldivian or Manta Air or Fly Me) - contact the staff of the guesthouse or hotel where you are staying, they will book flight tickets for you about twice cheaper.

Below is a full list of Maldives' airports, grouped by type and sorted by location.


Malé International Airport (Velana, MLE)

Malé airport facilities

Better known as Malé, Velana International Airport (VIA) is the main air gate of the Maldives. The airport is located on Hulhule Island in 10 minutes by ferry from the capital of Male. The airport is served daily by over 30 international flights, including Etihad Airways, Aeroflot, Air Asia, Emirates, Sri Lankan, Singapore Airlines, Bangkok airways and also domestic flights and seaplanes to other islands of the Maldives archipelago. READ MORE

Gan International Airport (GAN)

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Gan International Airport is located in Addu (Seenu) Atoll on Gan Island and is the main airport for the country's southern atolls. Regular flights from Malé and other Maldives airports, as well as international charter flights from Bangkok, Mahe (Seychelles), Colombo, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Mauritius, Durban, Perth and other destinations. From Male Airport you can conveniently fly to Gan International Airport. South African Airlines (SAA) will commence direct flights from Johannesburg to Gan in 2018. Private jets use this airport to get to nearby luxury resorts.

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  Charming Holiday Lodge

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Villa International Airport (Maamigili, VAM)

Villa International Airport (Maamigili, VAM)

Located in South Ari atoll, Maamigili Airport was designed by Maldives magnate Ibrahim Qasim, a native of Maamigili, as a project to develop the island’s tourism infrastructure. The airport is managed by Villa Group, which also owns two resorts located on neighboring islands. The opening of the airport coincided with the creation of the new Villa Air (Flyme) airline that is one of the main air carriers in the Maldives. With an excess of 2 m above sea level, the airport has one runway is 1,800 m long. The only airport in Alif-Dhaalu Atoll, Maamigili is the inhabited island with a great budget accomodation optios. Also known as 'Whale Shark Island', Maamigili is the largest in this region and other nearby island hotels include Lily Beach Resort, Conrad Maldives Rangali, Sun Island, Holiday Island Resort and others. READ MORE

Hotels and other properties with an airport shuttle service near Maamigili Airport:

Whale Shark Inn Ariston Dhangethi Inn
Angaga Island Resort and Spa Vakarufalhi Island Resort
Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat Ranveli Village Maldives
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives
Banyan Villa Shamar Guesthouse & Dive
Amaya Resorts & Spa Kuda Rah Lily Beach Resort and Spa
Holiday Island Resort Sun Island Resort & Spa
Maaz Inn Fenfushi TME Retreats Dhigurah
Dhigurah Inn Dhivehi Experience

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Hanimaadhoo International Airport (HAQ)

Hanimaadhoo International Airport (HAQ) facilities

Hanimaadhoo International Airport is located on one of the inhabited islands of Haa Dhaalu Atoll, and geographically is part of the Thiladhummathi Atoll in the northern part of the Maldives. Today, it is the new Maldives International Airport with daily domestic flights from Malé and Dharavandhoo airport (DRV), and international flights from Trivaandram, India since 2013. The length of the runway is 1220 meters. For tourists, Hanimaadhoo Airport provides access to the northernmost atolls of the Maldives; Haa Alifu and Haa Dhaalu atolls. Plans to expand the new airport in the Maldives include the construction of a new terminal and the extension of the runway capable of receiving long-haul aircraft. Maldivian and Fly Me aircraft fly daily from Male to Hanimadu.

Hotels and other properties with an airport shuttle service near Hanimaadhoo Airport:

Fanhaa Guest House   Sea esta lodge, Maldives
Raakani Home   Cerulean View Residence  
  The Barefoot Eco Hotel   Waadhee Inn Vashafaru  
  Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa   Holiday Home Kelaa  
Summer Home Kelaa

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Maafaru International Airport (VAM)

The newly developed airport in Noonu atoll, Maafaru was officially opened in august 2018. With a 2.2-kilometre runway capable of accommodating the biggest commercial planes, the A320 and the Boeing 737, Maafaru Airport is designed to be a part of the Abu Dhabi fund project as an ultra-luxury tourism zone. A city hotel, passenger terminal and jet parking facilities will also be developed at the airport. The northern atoll is home to high-end resorts such as Soneva Jani, Velaa Private Island, Cheval Blanc Randheli and Sun Siyam Irufushi.

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Dharavandhoo Airport (DRV)

Dharavandhoo Airport (DRV) night flight

Dharavandhoo is one of the most populated islands of Baa Atoll, the only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve surrounded by crystall clear waters and world-class dive sites such as Dharavandhoo Thila and Hanifaru Bay. These protected area provides a safe environment for an abundant marine life, including manta rays and whale sharks, and are well known among divers around the world. With a 1200m runway that's opened in October 2012, Dharavandhoo domestic airport serves FlyMe and Maldivian flights from / to Male, Hanimaadhoo, and Ifuru. A further trip to the Baa Atoll resorts is by speedboats. With a handful of guest houses on the island, Dharavandhoo itself is the perfect place for a budget holiday in the Maldives. READ MORE

Hotels and other properties with an airport shuttle service near Dharavadhoo Airport:

  LVIS blancura Hotel Biosphere Inn
Family Hiyaa Hibaru Fishing Lodge  
  Dharavandhoo Stay Star Tree  
  Aveyla Manta Village Kiha Beach  
Madi Finolhu Guest House Maclura Residence  
Islet Inn Maldives Dhonfulhafi Inn  
  Kihaa Maldives Resort & Spa Dreamland Maldives Resort  
  Dusit Thani Maldives Amilla Fushi  
  Royal Island Resort & Spa Reethi Beach Resort  
  The Nautilus Maldives Milaidhoo Island Maldives

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Dhaalu Airport (DDD)

Dhaalu Airport (DDD)

Dhaalu Airport is a regional domestic airport located on the island of Kudahuvadhoo in Dhaalu Atoll in the Maldives. The newly developed state-of-the-art domestic Dhaalu Airport is built entirely on 63 hectares of reclaimed land and features a runway of 1,800 metres allowing it to accommodate Dash-8 and ATR-72 aircraft as well as large private jets. The first aircraft landed at Dhaalu Airport on 1 June 2017. For passengers there is a VIP lounge, shop and restaurant at the airport. With daily flights to/from Male, Dhaalu Airport is the first airport in Maldives to make extensive use of solar airfield lighting. Kudahuvadhoo island is also suited for budget travellers with a some guest houses. Niyama Private Islands Maldives is 5 minutes by boat away.

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Fuvahmulah Airport (FVM)

Fuvahmulah Airport (FVM) aerial
Fuvahmulah Airport is located on the island-atoll of Fuvahmulah in the Gnaviyani Atoll in the Maldives, and was opened in late 2011. The 1100-meter long runway is served by Maldivian and FlyMe domestic flights from / to Male, Hanimaadhoo (HAQ) and Gan.

Located in Gnaviyani atoll, Fuvahmulah is 1hour 10 min by plane from Male Airport and is known for its beaches, surfing, diving and fishing experiences. The island's treasure is the unique white Thundi pebble beach, which is on the list of ten unique beaches of the world. For millions of years, under the influence of ocean currents, unique reef formations and several types of pebbles were formed. The ideal option for a budget holiday in the Maldives, in 2016-17 the island opened to international tourism, offering several guest houses and mini-hotels for accommodation. READ MORE

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Ifuru Airport (IFU)

Ifuru Airport (IFU)

Ifuru Airport is a domestic airport located on Raa (Northern Maalhosmadulu) Atoll, Maldives. The airport features a 1200m x 30m runway capable of handling turboprop aircraft. Daily Maldivian flights to/from Male, Dharavandhoo and Hanimadhoo airports. This enable both tourists and locals a convenient way to travel back home or to visit the breath taking atoll.

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Kaadedhdhoo Airport (KDM)

Kaadedhdhoo Airport (KDM)

Kaadedhdhoo Airport is a domestic airport on the island of Kaadedhdhoo in Gaafu Dhaalu (South Huvadhu) atoll, Maldives.[1][2] The airport is located 340 kilometres south of Malé. It was opened on 10 December 1993. It has one runway designated measuring 1,220 by 30 metres and serves daily Maldivian flights from/to Male, Dhaalu Airport and Gan Island.

Hotels and other properties with an airport shuttle service near Kaadedhdhoo Airport:

  UMET Stay   Hoandedhoo Inn
RaabadeMaldives     Amari Havodda Maldives  
Raffles Maldives Meradhoo     Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort  
  Robinson Club Maldives

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Kadhdhoo Airport (KDO)
Kadhdhoo Airport (KDO)

Kadhdhoo Airport is a domestic airport located on the island of Kadhdhoo in Laamu Atoll, Maldives. Kadhdhoo is an approximately large island situated halfway between the airports of Malé and Gan. It is mostly rimmed by barrier reefs, the broadest of which are topped by islands. There are many islands along its eastern and southern boundaries. Laamu Atoll forms the southern limit of central Maldives beyond the Huvadhu Kandu, the broadest channel between atolls in the Maldives, lie the southern atolls. The airport’s has one runway measuring 1,220 by 30 metres serves daily Maldivian and FlyMe flights from / to Male and other Maldives airports including Maamigili, Dhaalu, Kooddoo Island and Kaadedhdhoo Island

Hotels and other properties with an airport shuttle service near Kadhdhoo Airport:

  Mo Hotel   Honors Residence
  Amra Palace     Nazaki Residences  
  Six Senses Laamu

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Kooddoo Airport (GKK)

Kooddoo Airport (GKK)

Kooddoo Airport, located on the island of Kooddoo in Gaafu Alifu atoll, was initially opened on September 10, 2012 with twice daily service from the main Velana International Airport by flagship carrier Maldivian.

In 2018, Kooddoo Airport reopened after a major upgrade to accommodate narrow-body airliners and private jets and the runway has been extended as much as possible. Along with the extended runway, a new lounge serving business class and VIP passengers, and a dedicated harbour have also been developed.

The new runway of the airport measures 1,800 metres in length, and is able to accommodate Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircrafts as well as all categories of private jets.

Bonvests Holdings owns the The Residence Maldives resort, and is currently developing another resort in Dhigurah island. Both the islands are just few minutes from Kooddoo Airport. Kooddoo Airport also serves the recently opened Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort, located on the same island.

Hotels and other properties with an airport shuttle service near Kooddoo Airport:

  Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort   Village Life Maldives
Sunnyside Maamendhoo   Island Guest  
Central View Guest House     The Residence Maldives  
Baivaru Guesthouse Services

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Thimarafushi Airport (TMF)

Thimarafushi Airport (TMF)

Thimarafushi Airport is a domestic airport located on the island of Thimarafushi in Thaa (Kolhumadulu) Atoll, Maldives. The atoll is made up of 67 islands of which 13 are inhabited with a population of over 11,000 people. Built by the Maldives Transport and Contracting Company the airport was opened on 3 September 2013. Daily flights to/from Male by Maldivian.

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