Male airport: Malé International Airport (MLE)

Malé International Airport

The international airport of the Maldives used to be known as Hulhulé Airport, after the island. End 2010 the airport was privatized. A consortium, in which Malaysia Airports Berhad plays a significant role, will give the airport facilities a face-lift. A new terminal will also be built. The entire project needs to be completed in 2014.

Airport codes

IATA airport code: MLE
ICAO airport code: VRMM


Local transport


There are no trains on the Maldive Islands.

Car and bus

The airport is located on a separate island, 3 kilometers east of Malé, the Maldives' capital. Because the airport lies on an island, the capital cannot be reached by car or bus.

Car rental Malé Airport

Since Malé Airport lies on an island you cannot rent a car. The connections between the islands are maintained by water taxis, ferries and (water) planes.


The only way to get from the airport to the capital Malé is by boat. You can rent a private boat (more a water taxi), but there's also a regular ferry (24 hours per day). The ferry is located outside the Arrivals Hall.

Airport Parking

There's a small parking lot outside the terminal, but it's mainly meant for official cars.




There's one hotel at Malé Airport, the Hulhule Island Hotel (Tel. +960 333 0888). There are several hotels and holiday resorts on the Maldives and in the capital you'll find some luxury hotels, including Shangri-La Traders Hotel Malé (Tel. +960 3300 888), The Boutique Inn at Villa Shabnamee (Tel. +960 334 1002) and The Wave Hotel & Spa (Tel. +960 300 1818). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.

Shops and restaurants

There are a large number of shops both inside the terminal and outside the building, including many duty-free shops selling electronics, designer clothes and the usual range of cosmetics, tobacco and spirits. In addition, there are a number of restaurants, (snack) bars and coffee shops.


You can inquire about lost objects via the airport police (Security Office) in the Departure Hall.


There's an information desk in both the international and domestic Departure Halls for inquiries about Malé International Airport, flight schedules and airport services. You'll also find several travel agents in the Arrivals Hall.


Apart from a VIP lounge offering basic facilities such as faxing, copying and internet access, Malé Airport doesn't offer business facilities. For this you need to turn to the luxury resorts or hotels scattered around the Maldives, or the hotels in the capital (see Hotels).

Disabled facilities

Malé Airport has good accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps and adapted toilets. The facilities for the disabled will be further improved once the airport has been expanded and modernized (see Introduction).

Other services

There's one bank at Malé Airport, the Bank of Maldives, where you can change money. Apart from this bank there's a pharmacy and a First Aid station. Next to coffee shop Mariyaad there are showers, which you can use for free. Outside the terminal there's an open-air children's playground. At the entrance of the Departure Hall there's a post office and there's also a prayer room for Muslims. The Airport Cyber Café has five computers with internet access.




Malé International Airport
Hulhulé – 22000
Republic of Maldives

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +960 333 8800
Fax: +960 333 1515

Airport codes

IATA airport code: MLE
ICAO airport code: VRMM