Maldives Airport

Maldives Airport | Male International Airport (MLE) | Ibrahim Nasir Airport

The Maldives airport or Male International Airport (MLE) is the main international airport which may at times be interchanged with the name Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. Maldives airport is situated on its own island (Hulhule Island) and separated from the main Island of Male. Male is only a short boat ride away from the Maldives airport and you will be able to see it in the distance. MLE is currently the only Maldives airport that receives international flights however the airport Gan (on Gan Island) is expected to also start receiving international flights in the near future.

MLE opened in 1966 as Hulhule Airport (as it is located on Hulhule Island), and operated under that name until 1981 when the name changed to Male International Airport (MLE). In 2011 Male International Airport was officially changed again to Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. Maldives airport is elevated 2 meters above mean sea level and only has one runway.

Tourists often call 'Ibrahim Nasir International Airport' as Maldives Airport as it is the only International Airport in the Maldives. Upon landing you will notice that the runway stretches from one end to the other which is quite breathtaking. From the moment you land as a tourist you will feel relaxed with the airport staff and people in general being quite relaxed themselves.

Currently, Sri Lankan Airlines is the most frequent foreign carrier into the Maldives with 32 flights a week. Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo is the most frequent destination out of the Maldives airport. See Flights to the Maldives

Male International Airport Services

Male International Airport is modern and offers a variety of services to make your time in the airport as comfortable as possible. The following are just some of the amenities offered to passengers travelling through the Maldives Airport:

  • Hotels Near Male International Airport
  • Duty-Free Shopping
  • Foreign Exchange Service
  • Free Shower Facilities
  • Internet Access
  • Children's Play Area
  • 24 hour Healthcare Centre
  • Restaurants
  • Postal Service