Our Maldives holidays are based on flights with British Airways and Emirates. Srilankan and Qatar Airlines are available as an option.
British Airways direct flights depart Gatwick on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Depart Male for Gatwick on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
Emirates flights via Dubai depart Gatwick Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Returning from Male on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday via Dubai to Gatwick.
Flying time is typically ten and a half hours non stop. Flights depart from London Heathrow (terminal 4), connecting flights from regional airports are available.
Maldives - Seaplane and Speedboat Transfers
Due to the unique nature of the Maldives, where every hotel is on a separate island, transfers from the international airport (Male) are by speedboat or seaplane.
Transfers are included in the holiday price. Please note that if your international flight arrival coincides with another flight, then there is a possible risk of a long delay, particularly if you are transferring to a seaplane flight. We recommend that if you are planning to stay at a Maldives hotel resort that involves a seaplane flight, that you choose to travel at times that do not coincide with scheduled arrival or departure of charter flights. Currently Mondays and Tuesdays at Male are to be avoided if possible. Baggage for seaplane flights is strictly limited to 20Kg, plus 5kg of hand luggage.
IMPORTANT BAGGAGE INFORMATION - Due to limited space available for luggage storage and the need to strap down all luggage before passenger boarding all over-sized hand luggage/trolley bags and back packs will be retrieved at check-in as part of the luggage. The only hand luggage allowed to the seaplane boarding step are small ladies handbags/laptop bag or brief case which will be stored by the cabin crew in the aft luggage compartment of the seaplane as part of the passenger safety procedures.
Please note that seaplanes do not operate after dark, or in poor weather. Seaplane transfers are co-ordinated and operated by the hotels, and the departure times are outside our control. This may therefore involve waiting in transit at the beginning or end of your holiday, and if you prefer you can take a hospitality suite at Hulhule hotel adjacent to the airport.
This can be arranged and paid for locally as necessary.