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Maldives Transportations

Malé, the capital, and some other islands have fairly good streets. Most people travel by bicycle or on foot. Inter-atoll transportation still depends mostly on local sailing boats, called batheli and odi. Although some mechanised boats carry cargo and, occasionally, passengers between Malé and other atolls, inter-island transport is mainly by means of dhonis (small boats). Only a few of the islands are big enough to support vehicles. As of 2008, the Maldives had a fleet of 29 vessels, serving worldwide destinations, all controlled by Maldives Shipping Ltd, a public enterprise.

In 2009, the Maldives had five airports, three of which had paved runways. Malé International Airport, two km (one mi) away over water from the capital, was completed in 1966. Built with assistance by Sri Lanka under the Colombo Plan, it consists of two islands that were joined together to create a runway. It is served by Singapore Airlines, Air Lanka, various European tourist carriers, and Indian Airlines, the last also operating as Air Maldives on certain flights. Also in 2001, 311,100 passengers were carried on scheduled domestic and international airline flights.

To reach the international airport and further reaches of the Maldives or several other island resorts, seaplanes are quick transport option available for travellers.


5 (2009)

Airports - with paved runways
total: 3
over 3,047 m: 1
2,438 to 3,047 m: 1
914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2009)

Airports - with unpaved runways
total: 2
914 to 1,523 m: 2 (2009)

total: 88 km
paved roads: 88 km – 60 km in Male; 14 km on Addu Atolis; 14 km on Laamu
note: village roads are mainly compacted coral (2006)

Merchant marine
total: 29
by type: bulk carrier 1, cargo 23, petroleum tanker 3, refrigerated cargo 2
foreign-owned: 1 (Greece 1)
registered in other countries: 2 (Panama 1, Tuvalu 1) (2008)

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