These Airlines are Running Flights to the Maldives

Though the Indian Ocean country has now reopened to international tourists, only four global carriers will be serving Male’s Velana International Airport this month.

An Emirates Boeing 777-300ER. (Photo: Emirates)


Starting tomorrow, Emirates will operate a five-times-weekly service between Dubai and Male on Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which are set to fly the route every day except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The carrier plans to bump up that frequency to a daily return service from August 4, in line with increasing demand. From Dubai, a nonstop journey takes just four hours and 10 minutes, but travelers should note that this is a red-eye service as the plane departs from Dubai at 2:30 a.m. and arrives in Male at 7:40 a.m.


Photo: Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways

The UAE’s national airline will be restarting regular flights twice a week from Abu Dhabi on July 18. Airbus A320-100 or A320-200 aircraft are being deployed for the route; these jets are scheduled to take off from the Emirati capital at 9:45 a.m. local time on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Etihad passengers will reach Velana International Airport at 3:10 p.m. after four hours and 25 minutes in the air.


Photo: SriLankan Airlines

SriLankan Airlines

Male is just one of seven destinations SriLankan Airlines is serving throughout this month, alongside London Heathrow, Melbourne, Milan Malpensa, Shanghai Pudong, Sydney, and Tokyo Narita. Operated using Airbus A330-300 aircraft, thrice-weekly flights to the Maldives will depart Colombo on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. The short hop takes just one hour and 25 minutes, with touchdown in Male scheduled at 8:25 a.m. local time.


Photo: Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways

The Qatari flag carrier resumed daily flights from Doha onboard an Airbus A320 on July 5. At five hours, the journey time is slightly longer than in years past, due to the ongoing blockade by Saudi Arabia and its regional allies. Like Emirates, Qatar Airways’ schedule on this route is largely geared toward passengers transiting from Europe or North America. The daily service to the Maldives leaves Doha’s Hamad International Airport at 2:05 a.m. and arrives in Male at 9:05 a.m. local time.

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