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Flights to Maldives

The best price found from United States to Maldives is on April 1st, 2017, travelling with SriLankan Airlines. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

Washington Dulles
from $612.00
Ibrahim Nasir International

Getting around by air


If you’re on a package, you’ll usually have little or no choice about the airline you fly, as it will be part of the package. However, packages without flights are available, so in those cases it pays to shop around for both scheduled and charter deals. More and more chartered airlines are selling flight-only seats and these can be good deals, so check their websites as well as those of scheduled carriers. The other advantage of charter flights is that you can fly direct from Western Europe to Male, without the change in the Middle East that is common for scheduled airlines.

Flights can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Airports & Airlines

Almost every visitor to the Maldives arrives at Male Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, on the island of Hulhule, 2km across the water from the capital island, Male. It’s a decent but rather aged terminal awaiting an upgrade to a world-class airport terminal that has been on the cards for years, but whose progress has been agonisingly slow. There are three further airports in the country that can take international flights, on the islands of Hanimaadhoo, Maamigili and Gan, though in practice they only received regular domestic flights from Male, private jets and the odd charter flight, and none of them has at present any scheduled international arrivals.

The national carrier is Maldivian (www.maldivian.aero), connecting the Maldives internationally to various cities in China and India, as well as to all domestic terminals from the capital. A second domestic airline, FlyMe (www.flyme.mv), operates flights that are often cheaper than those on Maldivian, though its network is not so comprehensive, not are its flights as frequent, focusing as they do on their private airstrip at Maamigili in Ari Atoll.

The international carriers serving Male are a mixture of scheduled and charter airlines. Some airlines only fly in certain seasons and many change services frequently in line with traveller demand.