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About Malé Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE)

The larger of two international airports in the Maldives, Malé Ibrahim Nasir International Airport serves Malé Atoll, which is home to the country’s capital Malé. Our Malé Ibrahim Nasir International Airport guide includes information on facilities, how to get to the airport and nearby accommodation.

Airport news:

In 2011, the airport was renamed in honour of Ibrahim Nasir, the second President of the Maldives.


The airport information desk (tel: 332 3506) is located in the departures area of the terminal. A tourist information counter is available in the arrivals area of the terminal.


Airport Info


Hulhulé Island

Malé Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is located on Hulhulé Island, about 2.5km (1.5 miles) northeast of Malé in the Maldives.

No. of terminals:

332 2211.

Time Zone:
Maldives Time
GMT +0500

Public Transport

Public transport water:

Ferry: A 24-hour ferry service provides transfers from Malé Ibrahim Nasir International Airport to Malé city (journey time: approximately 10 minutes; fare MRf10) or to various resort islands in the area. Taxis are available from the ferry terminal in Malé.

Public transport air:

Seaplane: Maldivian Air Taxi and Trans Maldivian Airways (tel: 330 5201; – they share the same website) are seaplane operators offering transfers between Malé Ibrahim Nasir International Airport and their various destinations in the Maldives.

Terminal facilities


A branch of the Bank of Maldives is located by the exit in the arrivals area. It offers a foreign currency exchange service and an ATM.


Excellent restaurants and self-service cafeterias are located on the ground and first floors of the passenger terminal. There is another restaurant outside the terminal building.


The duty-free shops on the first floor (departures area) offer a wide range of goods such as cigarettes, alcohol, perfumes, cosmetics, books, stationery, clothing, toys, electronics, confectionery, flowers and souvenirs. Souvenir shops are located in the departure and transit lounges. A flower shop is situated opposite the post office.


A 24-hour lost and found counter (tel: 331 5366) can be found in the security office in the departures lounge. Luggage trolleys are provided free of charge, a 24-hour baggage storage is available in Arrivals.


A healthcare centre for first aid and minor emergencies is available within the terminal building. The airport's pharmacy is located just outside the first aid office, next to the Bank of Maldives airport branch.

A special care service is available for expectant mothers and newly born babies. An outdoor children's play park and a play area in the transit area are available.

There is a prayer room on the first floor of the departure terminal, while two fully air-conditioned mosques are located a short walk from the terminal building.

There are also shower rooms for use by travellers.

Airport facilities

Conference and business:

There are two Plaza Premium (tel: 333 7335/ 7348) business lounges in the departures area. These are equipped with satellite TV, internet access, telephones and a fax machines and offer refreshments. Meeting and conference rooms are available at the nearby Hulhulé Island Hotel (tel: 333 0888;

Communication Facilities:

A post office is located near the entrance to the departures hall. International and local phone calls can be made from the cash and credit card phones in the terminal building. Wireless internet access is available, but for those who do not have wireless connectivity there are internet stations and laptop connections at the Chiraagu Airport Cyber Café.

Disabled facilities:

Lifts and toilets in the airport are adapted to meet the needs of people with physical disabilities. Wheelchairs are available upon request.

Car parking:

There is no car parking at Malé Ibrahim Nasir International Airport.

Car rental:

Car hire is not available at the airport.