Velana International Airport, also called Malé (MLE) is the principle air terminal of the Maldives. Situated in the North Malé Atoll, the country's principle transport center point extends the lone runway on the island of Hulhule, 10 minutes by boat from the capital of the Maldives. Today (2018) is the lone air terminal in the Maldives that serves the majority of the worldwide flights. Connected by shedule non-stop trips to significant urban areas of southeast Asia, Europe and the Middle East Malé air terminal acknowledges Etihad Airways, Aeroflot, Air Asia,Emirates, Sri Lankan, Singapore Airlines, Bangkok aviation routes and numerous others. 

The new 3,400 meter by 60 meter runway at the Maldives' principle air terminal invited trip in September 2108 Etihad Airways A380 stream that impacted the world forever with the first truly arriving of the world's biggest traveler carrier in the island country. 

Malé International Airport is additionally the beginning stage to different islands of the Maldives archipelago. Neighborhood carriers: Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA), Maldivian and FlyMe run homegrown trips to different air terminals in the Maldives. 

Attempt to get a seat on the plane by the window, and when you fly to the Maldives, the overviews under the wing are essentially extraordinary - the mesmerizing range of blue and turquoise forms will keep your temple squeezed continually to the opening.

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Immigration Control and Customs

Upon appearance, at Malé air terminal you should go through movement and customs control, having pre-filled a unique migration card, and the gear gets extremely quick. Anticipate a careful check of your things to distinguish precluded things (liquor). Try not to attempt to trick the watchfulness of customs officials, veiling liquor under non-mixed beverages - bottles are ensured to cause doubt and they will be removed. In the event that you get obligation free it will be taken off you and you get a receipt, You would then be able to gather it on your way home. On the positive side of the air terminal is the minimization, which permits you to go for a short stroll from the door through migration to the baggage claim, and through traditions to the cherished exit outside. 

There is a pizza bistro exceptionally pleasant pizza and air con, a burger lord two or three other food outlets, there is no complimentary wireless internet at the air terminal yet in the event that you burn through $15 on food you can get a voucher for 30 mins free. 

On the off chance that your subsequent stage while in transit to heaven is seaplane trip - at the exit from the traditions you ought to be met by an individual from your hotel or visit administrator and accompanied to the TMA terminal, where you will be educated about the hour of your flight and the entryway number for the seaplane loading up. Travelers utilizing homegrown trips to the air terminals: Dharavandhoo, Kahdhoo, Hanimadhoo, Kaadehdhoo, Fuvamulah, Kooddoo, Thimarafushi, Ifuru Airport, Maamigili and GAN - should head the takeoff terminal to the Maldivian or FlyMe registration counters. 

For global takeoffs it is prescribed to show up at the registration for 3 hours before takeoff, for homegrown trips for 60 minutes.

Seaplane Terminal

Right now, there are two autonomous seaplane administrators, Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) and Island Aviation Services (IAS), working separate terminal offices situated on the east side. These offices will be either destroyed or moved in 2019, and a typical new seaplane terminal and drifting harbor office with the ability to stop 63 Code B airplane (like Twin Otter—presently in activity) will be inherent spot. 

The new seaplane terminal will be a solid design with workmanship dividers and glass window ornament dividers including four stories with roughly 7,000 sq. m per floor for an aggregate of around 28,000 sq. m. 

There will be three assigned water runways for productive seaplane activity. The seaplane region will be additionally extended—by moving the Hulhumalé Causeway adjoining the house reef of the island—to permit more space for move and to try not to fly over Hulhumalé.

Banks & Currency Exchange

Bank of Maldives is situated close to the Domestics Terminal. For the accommodation of travelers there are two money trade focuses: one at the appearance terminal and the other on the main floor of the flight lobby. The ATM is found right close to the exit from the worldwide appearance terminal.

Facilities for Passengers

At Velana International Airport you will track down: a clinical focus, a drug store, a mother and kid room (first floor flight relax), free trucks in the appearance and takeoff regions, a things drop-off room (day in and day out) and a stuff check point, free shower rooms, supplication room, VIP-relax and a few parlors, a smoking room, Internet stands, mail and phone workplaces, just as banking administrations. There are additionally seats and streetcars for travelers with incapacities. 

Male air terminal has a things stockpiling administration. It is situated close to the latrines and the room of the mother and youngster. This assistance might be helpful for voyagers intending to investigate Hulhumale or Malé city. The expense of putting away one bag or sack is $ 5 or 75 MVR each 24 hours. The expense of putting away surfboards, enormous boxes is $ 10 or 150 MVR. 

In the worldwide takeoffs region there are without obligation shops with a decent determination of liquor, scents and beauty care products, chocolate and cigarettes. After an exceptional tropical get-away Maldives obligation free offers the chance to make the most recent buys and purchase blessings and trinkets for loved ones of every a reviving and loosening up climate. 

You can purchase a SIM card from any administrator (and you should) directly at the Malé air terminal. The business office is situated in the purported business focus. After the leave the gear guarantee zone without a moment's delay turn right and the both the workplaces of Dhiraagu and Ooreedoo will be on your right-hand side. 

Bistros, eateries and bars are for the most part situated in the Departure Terminal. The Coffee Club, Dome, Burger King, Thai Express eatery, Swensen's frozen yogurt are the most well known names to eat at the air terminal.

Fact Sheet

Insights show that 34 worldwide aircrafts from 39 objections in Europe, Middle East, China, Far East and South Asia, are currently flying straightforwardly to Velana International Airport. A normal of 384 flight developments happen each day, with the most elevated recorded for a given day at 567. 

Through is the essential passage and leave point in the Maldives for vacationers, different explorers and air payload. It is likewise the center that associates the Maldives with the rest of the world. 

In excess of 60% of travelers are moved from VIA to resorts either via seaplane or wheel-based homegrown transporters. Air transport has become the favored strategy for moving travelers as it is both productive and helpful to convey sightseers via air to resorts situated in far off atolls. 

Velana International Airport (VIA) has been named Indian Ocean's Leading Airport at the African and Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony of the World Travel Awards 2018 held as of late at the Durban International Convention Center, (Durban ICC) in South Africa.

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