Maldives airport guide
The main international airport, and the port of arrival for most international visitors, is Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (IATA code VRMM), also known as Malé International Airport.
Named in memory of the second president of the Maldives, Ibrahim Nasir International Airport occupies its very own island – Hulhulé Island in the North Malé Atoll – just a kilometre from the country’s capital, Malé. The airport handles roughly two million passengers a year.
Among the many international airlines served by the airport are British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, China Eastern Airlines, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines.
Ibrahim Nasir International Airport facilities
The airport has three terminals – international and domestic terminals, and a waterdrome seaplane terminal.
Other facilities at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport include:
At the airport, you’ll find shops selling duty-free perfume, tobacco, confectionary and souvenirs, as well as a shop that specialises in selling tropical spices. The airport also includes a good range of food outlets and restaurants, including a formal sit-down restaurant, a Thai food outlet, a number of coffee and snack shops, a Swensen’s ice cream parlour and a Burger King.
Currency exchange counters are located in the arrival and departure areas of the international terminal, and an ATM is available near the arrival exit gates. A Bank of Maldives branch is close to the domestic terminal.
- - Free internet kiosks, in the duty-free shopping area and at departure gates 1 to 3.
- - A branch of the Maldives post office, near the entrance to the departure hall.
- - A 24-hour health care centre and a pharmacy, near the arrival exit gates.
- - A free shower room in the departures area.
- - A smoking lounge, on the first floor of the departures area, near the duty-free shops.
- - 24-hour baggage storage, in the arrivals area.
- - A prayer room, on the first floor of the departures area.
Getting to and from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport
To get to or from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, which is on its own atoll, you’ll be using a boat, sea plane or domestic flight.
Local boats known as dhonis ply the route between the airport and the capital, Malé, taking about 10 minutes in either direction. Alternatively, you can opt for a speedboat, which may complete the route in as little as 3 minutes. Several resorts provide their own speedboat connections to and from the airport. The boats leave from in front of the airport’s administration office, next to the CIP terminal.
To reach islands or resorts that are further afield, you can board a sea plane at the airport’s seaplane terminal. Two fleets – Trans Maldivian Airways and Maldivian Air taxi – offer inter-island flights, which as well as getting you to a particular destination, are a spectacular way to see the islands.
In addition, domestic flights are offered by both the Island Aviation Services and Villa Air. These connect to airports elsewhere in the Maldives.