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Male International Airport Code MLE

Airport Codes

ZIP CODE 22000

Airport coordinates

LAT / LON 4°11'30"N / 73°31'44"E


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Observation Time: 23/04/2021 1:21 pm

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About Male International Airport Code

Male International Airport code is MLE. This IATA code has been assigned to the airport for its location in the heart of capital island Male. Its elevation above sea level is 1 meter and is owned by the government of Maldives. 

About Male International Airport (MLE) in Maldives

Male International Airport (MLE) in Maldives is also known as Velana International Airport (MLE). Velana is the house name of Maldive’s former President Ibrahim Nasir. This facility offers services to almost all parts of the world and serves as the gateway to the majestic treasure island called the Maldives. 

Male International Airport (MLE) commenced operations in 1982. It was, however, renamed Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE) to honor the former president of Maldives Ibrahim Nasir (MLE) in 2011. The name of the airport changed again in 2017. It is now called Velana International Airport (MLE). Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) manages the administration at the airport. 

Male International Airport (MLE) Runways

Located at a height of six feet above sea level, Male International Airport (MLE) is serviced by six runways in total including four water runways. 

18/36 : 45mx3,200m asphalt

18/36 : 60mx3,400m asphalt

Four water runways to service seaplanes 

NR/SL : 60mx1,190m

NC/SC : 60mx1,100m

NL/SR : 60mx1,000m

E/W : 60mx800m

Runway NL is used only for takeoffs while runway SR is landing only facility. 

Male International Airport (MLE) Terminals

Male International Airport (MLE) features three state-of-the-art terminals: the International Terminal, the Domestic Terminal, and the Seaplane Terminal. 

International Terminal 

This facility is used for international operations. Since the Maldives is a major tourist attraction, it serves millions of passengers from all over the world. 

Domestic Terminal

The Domestic Terminal at Male International Airport (MLE) is primarily used for domestic operations. 

Seaplane Terminal 

Male International Airport’s Seaplane Terminal is connected to a number of luxury resorts and hotels. This facility offers a timeless experience for travellers who want to explore the breathtaking world of Maldives through shallow lagoons and deep oceans. 

Nearest Airports to Male International Airport (MLE)

Hanimaadhoo International Airport : 290 km 

Dharavandhoo Airport : 117 km 

Kadhdhoo Airport : 257 km

Major Passenger Airlines Operating from Male International Airport (MLE)


Air Astana


Air France

Air India 

Air Seychelles


Austrian Airlines 

Azur Air 

Azur Air Ukraine 

Bangkok Airways 

Beijing Capital Airways

Blue Panorm Airlines

British Airways 

China Eastern Airlines 

China Southern Airlines 


Runway Data

Name Length Width Surface Lighted
18-36 10,499 ft 148 ft Asphalt Yes

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When should I reach the airport to board a flight on time?
    You should reach 90 minutes in advance before the departure of your domestic flight and 3 hours before the departure of an international flight.
  • Yes. You can use the free Wi-Fi facility at the airport.
  • The airport features luxury lounges, duty-free shops, ATMs, onsite parking, multi-cuisine restaurants, and currency exchange counters among other facilities.
  • You must check with the Materials Management Department as all unclaimed properties found at the airport and its vicinity are deposited here.
  • Yes. You need to carry a copy of your boarding ticket along with a government-issued picture ID.
  • Yes. The airport has a 24*7 medical center helmed by well-trained doctors and paramedics. In the event of a medical emergency, ambulances are also provided.
  • Kindly get in touch with your respective airline.
  • Kindly refer to your respective airline’s guidelines should you wish to carry medicines on board. It is advised that you carry your doctor’s prescription as well.
  • For the safety of our passengers, we request them to not handle any unattended items. They are advised to inform about the same to the airport staff or security personnel.

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