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    General Idea of what and where the maldives are

    Post  Locarno1 on Thu May 28, 2009 12:31 pm

    Maldives



    Some info:

    The Maldives or Maldive Islands, officially the Republic of Maldives, is an island country consisting of a group of atolls stretching south of India's Lakshadweep islands between Minicoy Island and the Chagos Archipelago, and about seven hundred kilometres (435 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka in the Laccadive Sea of Indian Ocean. The twenty-six atolls of Maldives encompass a territory featuring 1,192 islets, of which two hundred and fifty islands are inhabited.[3]
    The original inhabitants were Buddhist, probably since Ashoka's period,[citation needed] in the 3rd century BC. Islam was introduced in 1153. The Maldives then came under the influence of the Portuguese (1558) and the Dutch (1654) seaborne empires. In 1887 it became a British protectorate. In 1965, the Maldives obtained independence from Britain (originally under the name "Maldive Islands"), and in 1968 the Sultanate was replaced by a Republic.
    The Maldives is the smallest Asian country in terms of both population and area; it is the smallest predominantly Muslim nation in the world. With an average ground level of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level,[4] it is also the country with the lowest highest point in the world, at 2.3 metres (7 ft 7 in).[5]

    Male International Airport:
    ICAO Code: VRMM IATA Code: MLE

    Malé International Airport (IATA: MLE, ICAO: VRMM), formerly known as Hulhulé Airport, is the main international airport in the Maldives. It is located on Hulhulé Island in the North Malé Atoll, near the capital island Malé.
    Malé was the Maldives' only international airport until the upgrading of Gan to international standard. Though the upgrading of Gan International Airport has been completed, regular international flight operations have yet to commence.
    The airport opened on April 12, 1966, and was officially inaugurated under its new name on November 11, 1981. It is managed financially and administratively by an independent corporate entity known as Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL), which is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the President.

    Airlines and Destinations:

    Scheduled services:
    Air Berlin (Düsseldorf, Munich)
    Air Italy (Bologna, Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino)
    Best Air (Colombo, Dhaka)
    Blue Panorama Airlines (Colombo, Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fumicino)
    Bangkok Airways (Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi)
    Condor Airlines (Frankfurt, Munich)
    Emirates (Colombo, Dubai)
    Eurofly (Bologna, Colombo, Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino)
    Indian Airlines (Bangalore, Trivandrum)
    Kingfisher Airlines (Bangalore) *starts this summer
    Livingston Energy Flight (Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino)
    Malaysia Airlines (Colombo, Kuala Lumpur)
    Maldivian (Colombo, Gan Island, Hanimaadhoo, Kaadedhdhoo, Kadhdhoo, Trivandrum)
    Martinair (Amsterdam)
    Monarch Airlines (London-Gatwick, Manchester)
    Neos (Milan-Malpensa)
    Oman Air (Colombo, Muscat) [begins 12 October]
    Qatar Airways (Doha)
    Singapore Airlines (Singapore)
    SriLankan Airlines (Colombo, London-Heathrow, Tokyo-Narita)
    Thomson Airways (London-Gatwick, Manchester)
    Transaero (Moscow-Domodedovo)
    Trans Maldivian Airways (Gan, Kaadedhdhoo, Hanimaadhoo) (operations suspended)
    XL Airways France (Paris-Charles de Gaulle)

    Charter Airlines:
    Aeroflot (Moscow-Sheremetyevo)
    Air China (Beijing-Capital, Kunming)
    Atlant-Soyuz Airlines (Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Moscow-Vnukovo, Dubai)
    Austrian Airlines (Vienna)
    Belair (Zurich, Goi)
    Cathay Pacific (Colombo, Hong Kong)
    Corsairfly (Paris-Orly)
    Czech Airlines (Dubai, Prague)
    Edelweiss Air/Swiss (Zurich, Colombo)
    Martinair (Amsterdam)
    Monarch Airlines (Manchester)
    Neos (Milan-Malpensa)
    Korean Air (Seoul-Incheon)
    Thomson Airways (London-Gatwick, Manchester)
    TUIfly Nordic (Stockholm-Arlanda, Oslo-Gardemoen)
    Ukraine International Airlines (Dubai, Kiev-Borypsil)

    Runways: 18/36

    Kadhdhoo
    ICAO Code: VRMK IATA Code: KDO

    Kadhdhoo Domestic Airport is located on the island of Kadhdhoo in Laamu Atoll, Maldives.

    Airlines and Destinations:
    Maldivian (Male)

    Runways: 03/21

    Kaadedhdhoo Domestic Airport
    ICAO Code: VRMT IATA Code: KDM

    Kaadedhdhoo Domestic Airport (pronounced Kānḍeddū) is located on the island of Kaadedhdhoo in Gaafu Dhaalu atoll, Maldives. It was opened in 1993, by President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

    Airlines and destinations:
    Maldivian (Malé)
    Trans Maldivian Airways (Malé) (operations suspended)

    Runways: 16/34

    Hanimaadhoo Domestic Airport
    ICAO Code: VRMH IATA Code: HAQ

    Hanimaadhoo Domestic Airport (IATA: HAQ, ICAO: VRMH) is located on the island of Hanimaadhoo in Haa Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives.

    Airlines and destinations:
    Maldivian (Malé)
    Trans Maldivian Airways (Malé) (operations suspended)

    Runways: 03/21

    Gan International Airport
    ICAO Code: VRMG IATA Code: GAN

    Gan International Airport is located on the island of Gan in Addu atoll, Maldives. First built by the British Royal Navy, and transferred to the Royal Air Force as RAF Gan, it was a military airbase used during World War II and until the 1970s. The British handed it over to the government and it was used as a domestic airport. Recently the airport has been upgraded to international standards in preparation for international flights with the opening of tourist resorts in the area.

    Airlines and destinations:
    Blue Panorama (Milan-Malpensa)
    Maldivian (Malé)
    Trans Maldivian Airways (Malé/Kaadedhoo) (operations suspended)
    Condor Airlines (Munich)


    Last edited by Locarno1 on Fri May 29, 2009 3:58 pm; edited 2 times in total (Reason for editing : Adding more airports which are in the maldives)
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    Re: General Idea of what and where the maldives are

    Post  ghjghjk on Thu May 28, 2009 1:06 pm

    Great post! I have been to The Maldives many times, and I hope to go soon again. Until then, this IVAO division will allow us to stay close to the area.
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    Re: General Idea of what and where the maldives are

    Post  Locarno1 on Fri May 29, 2009 3:35 pm

    Looks really nice. A possible future destination for a holiday!

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