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 this sector.
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 runways.
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.
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.