Malé International Airport (IATA: MLE, ICAO: VRMM), previously known as Hulhulé Airport, is the main international airport in the Maldives. It is located on Hulhulé Island in the North Malé Atoll, nearby the capital island Malé.
Today, Malé International is well connected with major airports around the world, mostly serving as the main gateway into the Maldives for tourists. Moreover, despite the upgrading of Gan Airport to international standard, Malé International Airport is currently the only internationally active airport in the country.
The airport opened to the public on 12 April 1966. Later, the airport underwent renovation and upgrading to international standard, inaugurating its new name on 11 November 1981. It was managed financially and administratively by an independent corporate entity known as Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL), which is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the President. In early 2010, the government began considering privatising the airport in order to develop it further. On 15 July 2010, the airport was privatised following a concession agreement between GMR Group, India and Malaysia Airports Berhad (MAHB). On 25 November 2010, MACL officially handed over the aerodrome license of Malé International Airport to the newly formed GMR Male International Airport Pvt. Ltd. (GMIAL).