Passenger guide - Male airport (MLE) 


Velana International Airport, also known as Malé International Airport and opened on October 19, 1960, is the most important in Maldives. It operates with domestic and international flights to destinations in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

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Number of Terminals - 1 -
Annual passenger traffic: Around 1.9 million passengers went through it in 2010.
Tel: +960 332 3506 / 797 2047. Flight information: +960 332 2211 / 2074. Information counter in the Departures area and tourist office in the Arrivals Hall.


The airport is located in Hulhulé Island, 3 km (1.8 miles) northeast from the city of Malé.

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Ferry - Local boats or dhonis and speedboats provide transportation to the capital of the country in 10 minutes. They operate every 10-30 min., 24 hours a day, and also offer transfers to different resort islands in the area. More information: Tel +960 777 5420 / 2206.

Seaplane - Trans Maldivian Airways and Maldivian Air Taxi (Tel +960 331 5201) connect the enclosure with several destinations inside Maldives (North Malé, Baa, Raa, Lhaviyani, Noonu, Shaviyani, North Ari, South Ari, Vaavu, Faafu, Meemu, Dhaalu). Timetables and fares




The airport has a bank, ATM, currency exchange bureaus, post office, VIP lounges, public telephones and internet kiosks. The Hulhulé Island Hotel, situated nearby, provides meeting and conference rooms.

Food and Drinks- Restaurants, fast food outlets, coffee shops and icecream stores on the ground floor and the first level of the terminal.
Shopping- Duty-free stores in the Departures area, liquor, tobacco, perfumes, cosmetics, souvenirs, sweets, spices.
Baggage- Free trolleys in the Arrivals and Departures Halls. Secure wrapping in the Departures area. Luggage storage around the clock in the Arrivals Hall, opposite the information counter. Lost and found department (Tel +960 778 5366) in the Arrivals area, available 24 hours a day.
Other Services- Medical center, pharmacy, baby care room, showers, prayer rooms, smoking lounge.


There is a small parking lot outside the terminal building, but it is mainly reserved for use by official vehicles.


Ramps, elevators and adapted toilets are available, as well as wheelchairs upon request. Inform your airline about your needs prior to your arrival.


The Hulhulé Island Hotel (Tel +960 333 0888) is located inside the airport island. Within the city of Malé you can find more options, among them: Crystal Beach Inn (Tel +960 335 0700), UI Hotels (Tel +960 335 0090), Airport Beach Hotel (Tel +960 795 0494), Mookai Hotel (Tel +960 333 8811), Unima Grand (Tel +960 400 5005), Hotel Jen Malé (Tel +960 330 0888), Kaani Lodge (Tel +960 300 3626), The Melrose Hotel (Tel +960 330 0484), Sala Boutique Hotel (Tel +960 334 5959).

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Latest updates: April, 19, 2017
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