Domestic aircraft transfers in the Maldives operate across a total of sixteen regional airports, that is, the local islands having an airport. The domestic flights operate on specific schedules to various regional Maldivian airports. The aircraft takes flights during nighttime and are connected via Male International Airport to all destinations. There is a lower possibility of flights from a regional airport to another region. For example, Dharavandhoo Airport to Addu Airport. However, it is possible by a private charter plane.
Maldives domestic scheduled airline fare
On an average, the fare for share/scheduled airport transfers via a domestic aircraft ranges between USD 110 and USD 235 per adult. There is an estimated average discount of twenty per cent per way for children of one to eleven years of age. Opting for this mode of transfer in the Maldives means that you will have to wait for other passengers for the flight.
Maldives domestic private charter airline fare
Flying via private charter flights is quite expensive. The fare ranges between USD 2100 and USD 9500, depending on the distance. The seating capacity of the aircraft is 35 to 60 passengers. Groups, VIPs, and corporate meeting events prefer this mode of transfer in the Maldives.
Things you should know before choosing domestic airline transfer in the Maldives
List of destinations/regional airports transfer by domestic aircraft
Male International Airport (MLE) or Velana International Airport
1- Dharavandhoo domestic airport (DRV) Baa Atoll, runway 1189 m time 20 minutes from (MLE)
2- Maamigili or Villa international airport (VAM) South Alif Atoll Runway 1800 m Time 30 minutes from (MLE)
3- Maafaru International Airport (NMF) Noonu Atoll Runway 2200 m time 40 minutes from (MLE)
4- Maavarulu Airport (RUL) Gaaf dhaal Atoll Runway 1200 m Time 75 minutes from (MLE)
5- Funadhoo Airport (FND) Shaviyani Atoll Runway 1100 m Time 40 minutes from (MLE)
6- Ifuru airport (IFU) Raa Atoll Runway 1100 m Time 32 minutes from (MLE)
7- Thimarafushi airport (TMF) Thaa Atoll Runway 1200m Time 40 minutes from (MLE)
8- Kulhuduffushi Airport (HDK) Haa Dhaal Atoll Runway 1220 m time 48 minutes from ( MLE)
9- Hanimadhoo International Airport (HAQ) Haa Alif Atoll Runway 1220 m Time 50 minutes from (MLE)
10- Kudahuvadhoo Airport or Dhaal Airport( DDD) Dhaal Atoll Runway 1800 m time 31 minutes from (MLE)
11-Koodoo Airport (GKK) Gaafu Alif Atoll time 67 minutes from (MLE)
12-Kaadedhoo Airport (KDM) Gaafu Dhaal Atoll Runway 1220m time 73 minutes from (MLE)
13- Kadhdhoo Airport (KDO) Laamu Atoll Runway 1220 m time 45 minutes from (MLE)
14- Fuvahmulaku Airport (FVM) Ganviyani Atoll Runway 1100 m time 87 minutes from (MLE)
15- Gan International Airport (GAN) Addu or Seenu Atoll Runway 3600 m time 95 minutes from (MLE)
List of domestic aircraft operators
Owned and operated by Island Aviation Services Ltd, Maldivian is the pioneering domestic carrier of the country. It began its first regional operations on January 25, 2008 with the first flight to Trivandrum, India. Graduating from its role as the dominant domestic carrier in the Maldives, the airlines now operate frequent flights to seven domestic airports across the island nation on daily basis. The fifteenth domestic route was added to the domestic network. Formally known as Island Aviation, the carrier was re-branded in August 2008.
The fleet of Maldivian comprises the following:
These connect Male, the capital city, from Velana International Airport to the following:
Along with these, Maldivian also flies daily to Thiruvananthapuram.
It is a privately owned company with three aircraft that fly mainly to Baa Dharavandhoo Airport and Maamigili international airport. It began its operations in 2011 with ATR 42-500, ATR 72-600, and ATR 72-500 type aircraft. It provides services to South Ari Atoll, Baa Atoll resorts, as well as local islands.
The newest domestic airline, Manta Air operates to two destinations in the Maldives- Kudahuvadhoo Airport and Dharavandhoo Airport. It is the first premium service base aircraft in the country. With additional legroom, the seats provide total comfort.