LIFE AS IT SHOULD BE.
Velana International Airport
When searching for flights you are looking for the MLE airport code. Scroll down for a list of airlines flying to the Maldives and the official airport website can be found here https://macl.aero.
The international terminal is one building with both arrival & departure areas intermixed. On arrival & having exited the secure area you will enter the large public area, where you will find plenty of seating, free device charging points, airport, information desk, resort & Maldivian Airways desks, public toilets, baggage storage facility costing $6 for up to 24 hours, dining area with coffee bistros a Burger King and others, convenience shops, pharmacy, currency exchange, ATM's, mobile service operator stores where you can purchase/collect a local sim. There is also an Ooredoo self service 24hr machine where you purchase a sim or recharge without having to enter their store. If you unfortunately do not have time to purchase a sim at the airport, we sell prepaid Ooredoo sims for $30 & 50.
There are no walk in landside lounges, only the the VIP Service Lounge which is part of the arrival/Departure VIP Service. The VIP Service is available for a fee. You will be greeted at the plane & cared for right through to boarding your transfer to the island. For more information please go to the dedicated page on the airport website here.
Departing. What to expect air side.
There are no on-site sleeping facilities but there is one lounge air side which can be accessed for a fee or free depending on the arrangements with your airline. None of the airlines have their own lounge. There is plenty of seating, free device charging points, toilets, smoking room, the usual abundance of duty free and shopping for gifts and other outlets, a variety of food outlets and large dining area with amazing views over the apron and runway. All the gates are on the lower level, accessible by stairs or the lift.