Velana International Airport in Malé
Don’t be surprised if you don’t see the runway until touchdown – the airport is built on its own island and looks like a gigantic aircraft carrier from the sky. Welcome to the Maldives!
After the initial wow factor and the short walk to the airport building you will need to go through the standard airport procedures. Upon clearing the immigration formalities and claiming your luggage, you will enter the Arrivals Hall; this is where the resorts and tour operators have their counters or representatives.
If you’ve booked directly with the hotel, present yourself at the respective resort counter or to the tour operator representative if you’re on a package holiday. Consult your travel documents if unsure which tour operator your travel agency has made the reservation with. The helpful airport representatives will then point you in the direction of, or take you to, the TMA check-in counter. After checking in and dropping off your baggage you will be transferred, by an air-conditioned buses, VIP vehicles or dedicated resort vehicles, to the TMA terminal.
TMA operates seaplane flights from its own terminal next to the Velana International Airport.