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Male Airport

The official name for the Male Airport in Maldives is Velana International Airport. This is the main international airport in the Maldives’ capital city, Male. Being a great tourist hub, the airport has great connectivity with other airports around the world. The airport has one of the most picturesque landings ever. From the airport there are bus services to your speedboat or seaplane jetty.

male Airport Information

Velana International Airport Address
Airport Main Rd
Malé 22000

Enquiries Number: 960 332-3506

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Velana International airport, male

The Male International Airport, also known as the Velana International airport, (previously, the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport), is the main international airport in the Maldives. It is located on Hulhule Island in the North Male Atoll, 2.5 km north-east of the capital island Male. This airport that is connected to major world cities, serves as the main gateway into the Maldives, for tourists. It is owned by the Govt. of Maldives, and managed financially and administratively by an independent corporate entity known as Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL).

The Male International Airport (MLE) is the hub for Maldivian and the Trans Maldivian Airways, whose corporate headquarters are situated here. SriLankan Airlines is the largest foreign carrier, operating 35 flights every week.

Terminals Trivia

The Male International airport is situated at an elevation of 6 feet (2 m) above mean sea level. It has one asphalt runway measuring 3,200 meters (10,499 feet) long. Adjacent to this is the waterdrome, which caters to the large seaplane operations at Velana, and has 4 water runways. The airport has 3 terminals -- the International Terminal, the Domestic Terminal, and the waterdrome, Seaplane Terminal.

The international terminal can accommodate more than 1000 passengers at a time.

More than 30 airlines operate international flights from Male International Airport, including Maldivian, Trans Maldivian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Air India, Spice Jet, Scoot, China Eastern Airlines, SilkAir, Emirates, Thai AirAsia, Etihad Airways, and others. British Airways, Lufthansa, Edelweiss Air, Shanghai Airlines, and Neos operate seasonal flights.

Shop, Eat, and Relax

Services at the airport include a 24-hour health care center, a pharmacy, an infant and mother care room, free trolleys and free baggage storage, baggage wrapping, free shower rooms, a prayer room, a smoking room, internet kiosks, banking and postal services, and a wellness center run by Plaza Premium.

Duty-free shops can be found at the International departures area. Liquor and Tobacco, Watches and Sunglasses, Perfumes and Cosmetics, Souvenirs, Confectionery, and a Spice shop have products from various brands like DIOR, CHANEL, L’Oréal, Elizabeth Arden, Hershey’s, Cadbury and Toblerone. Authentic Maldivian hand painted t-shirts, sarongs, lacquered boxes, miniature dhonis, reed mats, and wooden handicrafts, and tropical spices and condiments are also available here.

There are several restaurants such as Aqua Restaurant, Mariyaadu Snack Counter, Coffee Cloud, The Coffee Club, Thai Express, Dome Café, Burger King, and Swensen’s, which offer fare from different cuisines.

Mamaahi Executive Lounge and Leeli Lounge for premium passengers are located at the International Departures.

Transport Facilities

There is no road access between MLE in Hulhule and Male. Transfer from MLE is by speed-boats, water-ferries, and airline services. Local boats or dhonis are the most common forms of transport from MLE to Male, and other parts of Maldives. Airport Ferries offer regular transfers between airport and Male, in every 10 minutes throughout the day. These take around 10 minutes, while speedboats take just 3 minutes to reach Male.

MLE hosts the biggest sea plane operations in the world. Flights are available on Trans Maldivian Airways or Maldivian Air Taxi, which offer comfortable and spectacular inter-island rides, among the 11 airports on different islands of Maldives.

Are you looking for a place to stay?

Huhule Island Hotel, located on the same island as the airport, is 5 minutes away, and there is a complementary hotel shuttle available round the clock. This hotel also provides complementary transfers between Hulhule and Male.

At Male, stay at Hotel Jen Male, The Beehive, Champa Central Hotel, Mookai Suites, Marble Hotel, or Hotel Octave.

Explore Male!

Male offers many activities like snorkeling and scuba diving, at Dive Club Maldives or Divers Lodge Maldives. Alternatively, take the Azalea Cruise or go aboard the Emperor Divers Maldives. Visit the Artificial Beach, Old Friday Mosque, the National Museum, Sultan’s Park, Tomb of Mohammed Thakurufaanu, and the Tsunami Monument.

Maldives Urban Adventures is a day tour to explore the island, including its cuisine. For buying gifts and souvenirs, visit the S.T. O. Trade Center, Mare Scuba Concept, and Island Bazaar. You can also book a Maldives tour packages from our website.


Q. What are the most popular airlines that operate from Male International airport?
A. The most popular airlines that operate from Male Airport are Trans Maldivian Airways, Maldivian, SriLankan Airlines, Air India, and China Eastern Airlines.

Q. Which are the cheap flights that operate from Male International airport?
A. Cheap flights operating from Male Airport are by Trans-Maldivian Airways and Maldivian.

Q. What is the airport code for Male International airport?
A. The airport code for Male Airport is MLE.

Q. Which is the most frequent international route from Male International airport? 
A. The most frequent international route from Male Airport is to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Q. Which is the first flight from Male International airport?
A. The first flight to leave from Male Airport is SriLankan Airlines UL 110 to Colombo at 12.15 AM.

Q. Which is the last flight from Male International airport?
A. The last flight to leave from Male Airport is Flyme VP*649, to Dharavandhoo Island, at 11.50 PM. The last international flight, which leaves at 11.25 PM, is by SilkAir MI 5801, to Singapore.

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