in the Maldives
In Maldives the islands are remotely
located from one another. This makes a
good transport link vital in between islands.
As the sea separates the islands, it is
not practical to have land transport systems
between islands. There are few islands
those are big enough or linked via bridges.
For these islands a land transport service
may be viable.
There is huge
demand for inter atoll transport
Sea transport service is in demand in
almost every atoll. At present there are
hardly any regular transport links to
remote atolls and islands. The existing
regular ferry services are provided between
Male’ and close by islands. However,
the frequency of these services is not
very impressive. Frequent ferry services
are only provided between airport and
Long distance inter atoll regular transportation
is an area where investors can explore
the business potential.
More information on regulations and
statistics can be obtained from Ministry
of Transport and Communication.
Aviation Sector in
Aviation industry is relatively a young
industry in the Maldives. The largest
company which provides national flights
is the Maldivian Air Taxi, a foreign investment.
At present about three companies including
state owned Island Aviation operate in
is expanding in Maldives
Island Aviation mostly provides flights
to local people who fly to distant atolls
where regional airports are available.
The other two companies mainly provide
air transportation for tourists from Hulhule’
International Airport to their designated
resort. The aircraft used are sea planes
as almost all the islands do not have
In early 2000 government has granted
licence to construct an airport in Mamigili
Ari Atoll. Up until then all the airports
are constructed by the state and run and
managed by the state.
More information on investments opportunities
and procedures can be obtained from Civil
Aviation Department of the Maldives.
Civil Aviation Act of Maldives 2001
Maldives Civil Aviation Act came into
force in 2001. This Act makes provision
in respect of the registration and operation
of civil aircraft in the Maldives; construction,
registration, operation and use of civil
aerodromes; other matters relating to
civil aircraft and aerodromes; and safety
of civil aviation in the Maldives.