Yes, British Airways operates direct flights to Male from London Gatwick Airport. Flight number BA 2043 is a seasonal direct flight that flies to the capital of the Maldives in select months of the year. Taking this British Airways flight reduces the flight duration to only ten hours and thirty minutes. Please call our agents for further details. Those who can not avail this direct flight usually use a cheap Middle Eastern airline to get to Male.
Qatar Airways is one of the most efficient and affordable airlines in the world. Qatar Airways is among the few Middle Eastern airlines that connect the UK with the Orient at a cheaper rate. The services they extend and the safety they ensure is top shelf, so many passengers from Britain choose to fly with Qatar Airways.
Travelling with Qatar Airways to Male comes with a stopover in Doha. Therefore, the first leg of your journey would be from the UK to Doha. Fortunately, 70 flights are operating out from London alone every week, which transpires to 10 flights every day at various times. About thirty-five flights are connecting Doha to Manchester, and from Birmingham, there are 14 Qatar Airways flights throughout the week leaving for Doha.
Doha International Airport, especially for business class passengers, is packed with all sorts of amenities, including massage parlours, spas and luxury rooms. Be it a brief stopover or a long one for a truly relaxing experience, the next leg of the trip would continue from Doha onwards to Male. There are two flights, which leave for Male every day. One is the flight number QR 672, and the other is QR 674. The QR 672 flight takes off at 2:20 AM from Doha and arrives at Male at 9:00 AM. QR 674, however, leaves Doha at 8:20 AM and arrives in Male at 3 in the afternoon. Taking these timings into consideration, the shortest stopover in Doha would be possible only if you take QR 8 or QR 5942 out from London, so the next connecting flight is no more than two hours apart.
The October to November period is an incredible time to visit Male cheaply. The temperature barely changes during the entire year –remaining in the 27° to 31° Celsius range, since the city resides in the Tropics. There are no excessively rainy spells during this time either, which makes these two months the absolute best time to come to Male without spending much money. As most tourists save up to travel to their cities of origin to meet family and friends over the Winter holidays, the traffic to Male weakens in the months before Christmas, keeping the hotel rooms vacant and the airline seats empty yielding cheaper fares. Planning an affordable vacation to Male in November comes with a lot of benefits and no drawbacks.
Yes, the Velana Airport (MLE) serves the city of Male, and it is the international gateway to the Maldives. The airport is located on an island, which has been reclaimed from the sea. The airport island is connected to the Male residential area via a highway over the open sea. By car, the tourist can travel from the airport to central Male in 15 minutes. The Maldives’ economy is heavily dependent on tourism, and so the government encourages many international airlines to glide their aeroplanes over the Velana International Airport.
Surrounded by the Indian Ocean and its moderating effect on the weather, the best time to come to Male is from July to October. Not that the temperature is unpleasant in other parts of the year, but during this time the wind picks up. The mercury barely fluctuates from its mean value throughout the year. Places like Male that have high humidity are enjoyable when the breeze continues to blow away the excess moisture from the air. Sometimes those winds bring a few drops of rain, which cleanses the sky and the land, making your stay in Male even more delightful. The July to October time, however, is not the busiest time to Male either. Many tourists wish to enjoy their Christmas vacations is the warming sun of Male, making December and January a bustling time in the calendar to visit the city.