Airfare to Malé, Maldives
Although two-thirds of the city flooded as a result of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, Malé has been rebuilt, and once again takes over almost all of the island land mass. Malé is a popular entry point for travelers on their way to more remote islands or resorts, and offers tourists the most realistic view of life in the Maldives.
Airfare to Malé will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Colombo, Sri Lanka. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Trans Maldivian Airways flies to Malé. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Bangkok, Thailand; Delhi, India; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Air Maldives was the national airline until bankruptcy. However, LTU International Airways, Singapore Airlines and other airlines also stop in Malé.
The most expensive air tickets to Malé are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Colombo, Sri Lanka and traveling overland to Malé via ferry or cheap flight
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Malé, check out BootsnAll’s Maldives Travel Guide.