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Malé, Maldives at a glance

The Maldives are a group of small coral islands lined up like pearls in the Indian Ocean. Though notable as a honeymoon destination, the Maldives also appeals to visitors of all ages, as well as families with children. There are numerous places to visit on land, along with diving and snorkeling amid dazzling marine life and coral reefs.

Sunbathing on the white sand beaches, exploring tropical vegetation or simply swimming in the gorgeous water... during your say, you can also discover Maldivian cuisine, which has Indian and Far Eastern influences. See our Maldives Flight Ticket page for the archipelago’s most prominent attractions.

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The Maldives is a tropical paradise with gorgeous beaches, glossy seas, and nature that is seems too beautiful to be true! Purchase a ticket to Malé and embark on an extraordinary journey to this world-famous group of islands.

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Turkish Airlines offers direct flights to Velana International Airport in the Maldives from the airports in Istanbul and Ankara. For more details on Malé ticket fares and flights to the Maldives, keep reading or check out the Flight ticket section.

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Quick information

Thinadhoo (N/A)
Viligili (N/A)
Eydhafushi (N/A)
Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR)


I, A, G, D, K

GMT +5



Average Temperature


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Velana International Airport (MLE) is on Hulhule Island, Maldives and is 2.5 km from the capital island of Malé. Ferries and speedboats run between the airport and the capital 24 hours a day; prices vary depending on the time. You can reach the city center in approximately 10 minutes via these ferries.

Average time from airport: 10 minutes

Distance from airport: 2,5 km


Water taxis also operate from Velena International Airport. The cost of the service will depend on whether you’re traveling as part of a large group and on the time of day. The trip to the Maldives’ center islands takes around 10 minutes.

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With Miles&Smiles privileges, you can easily and quickly rent a car in the Maldives. Miles&Smiles members can earn 100 Miles per day, up to a maximum of 1,000 Miles. Even better, one- or two-day car rentals booked through the website earn an additional 250 Miles. Rentals for three or more days earn an extra 500 Miles!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which airports are in the Maldives? Learn more

The Maldives has four international airports: Gan International Airport (GAN); Hanimaadhoo International Airport (HAQ); Velana International Airport (MLE); and Villa International Airport (VAM).

Turkish Airlines flights to the Maldives arrive at Velana International Airport in Malé.

Which airport is best for which holiday destination in the Maldives? Learn more

Velana Airport (Male Airport) is considered the Maldives’ principal airport. From Velana, other islands are accessible via water taxis and other boats. Gan International Airport, in the south of the Maldives, is also near islands such as Feydhoo, Maradhoo and Hithadhoo. Hanimaadhoo International Airport is mainly used for local flights. At present, flights from Hanimaadhoo International Airport serve only India. Villa International Airport, the fourth airport in the Maldives, is on Maamigili, which is connected to Alif Dhaal Coral Island, the region’s most popular tourist destination.

How long is the flight between the Maldives and Türkiye? Learn more

Direct flights from Istanbul Airport (IST) to Velana International Airport take approximately eight hours.

What is the best time to buy a ticket to the Maldives? Learn more

We recommend purchasing tickets to the Maldives in the autumn or winter months, when fares are the most affordable. You can also follow the periodic international flight ticket campaigns offered by Turkish Airlines for even better fares!