Air transport is essential in the Maldives, given the large geographical spread of the islands and the total lack of roads. The domestic carrier is Island Aviation (Map p94; § 3335544; Boduthakurufaanu Magu; www.island.com. mv), which offers several daily flights to the four regional airports: Kaadedhdhoo (Gaaf Dhaal, one daily, $231 return, one hour)
Gan (Addu, two or three flights daily, $271 return, one hour 10 minutes)
Hanimaadhoo (Haa Dhaal, three flights daily, $231 return, one hour)
Kadhdhoo (Laamu, two daily, $191 return, one hour)
However, the only airport within the tourism zone is Gan, meaning that this is the only place you can fly to unless you have special permission to visit the atolls or are staying in a resort located outside of the current tourism zone.
Flights are on 37-seater Dash 8 jets and 16-seater Dornier 228 aircraft and fill up fast, so book ahead (booking from home online is possible) to ensure you can get the flight you want. Fares are in US dollars for foreigners.
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