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About Gan Intl. Airport

The airport was built in the city of Gan in the 1950s, when the Maldives was a British colony. Seenu Airport was used for many years by the British Royal Force. After the Maldives gained its independence, the airport was handed back over to the government in 1976 and was opened to civil flights. Large expansion and an upgrade of the airport was carried out and since 1980 international flights started to operate. In the early 2000s the international terminal of the airport was completely renewed, as the terminal was inadequate with the Maldives becoming an important tourism attraction in world.

Getting to the City Center from Gan Intl. Airport

Gan Island is located on Addu Atoll, in the south of Maldives, and it is the second largest island of Atoll. However, it has a population of about 1,100 people. The island is also home to the only international airport of Atoll and has wonderful beaches and natural beauties.

Gan Island is located in the southernmost of the 4 islands, which lay together and connected to each other by a bridge. The other islands are Feydhoo, Maradhoo and Hithadhoo respectively. On these islands, the settlement is more developed and there are more hotels. Gan Island acts as a transfer point thanks to the airport and is used to reach these islands and other islands remaining on the other side of Atoll.

Walking is the best way to discover the island which is not too big and has great natural beauties. You can travel around the city, which offers unforgettable sceneries to its guests, by walking and taking amazing pictures with your camera. It is also possible to travel around the island by renting a car. A4 road, the only major road in the city, circles around the entire island.

If you don’t want to travel around only Gan Island, you can also visit Feydhoo and the nearby islands comfortably and freely by renting a car according to your budget. Feydhoo Island is about 2,5 km and it takes only 7 minutes to reach the island through Link highway. You can easily reach the 4 islands connected to each other by bridges by following Link Highway. The distance between Gan Island and the farthest island is only 14 kilometers.

It is also possible to reach the other islands by speedboats located in the city. Taxi is also one of the most commonly used means of transportation in the city center. There are buses as means of public transportation. These also provide urban transportation. These buses can also be used to get to the other islands.

Gan International Airport is just 1 kilometer of the city center. You can reach the city center by bus. If you do not prefer public transportation, you can rent a car at the airport by visiting one of the car rental companies. Taxi is one of the most preferred means of transportation. On the island where there are many accommodation centers, transportation service is provided to the guests with private services. There are also speedboats as a different alternative for those travelling to the other islands connected to each other by bridges.

Taxi

You can get to the city center by getting on a taxi from one of the taxi stands located near the exit of the arriving passenger terminal. The taxis offer 24/7 service. The taxis of Addu Atoll have plates with yellow numbers.

Car Rental

There are car rental offices at the airport. Renting a car is a good alternative for those who also want to visit the other islands and nearby places instead of staying at the hotel all the time.

Hotel Shuttle

The hotels on the island aim at offering the best service for their guests. If you wish, you can contact your hotel if they can send a vehicle to pick you up at the airport. You shouldn’t forget to make a reservation in advance and share your flight information with your hotel in order to benefit from this service.

Speedboat

If you will accommodate on other islands of Addu Atoll instead of Gan Island, you can use a speedboat for getting to the city center. You can get on a taxi for getting to the port where the speedboats depart. The distance between the port and airport is only 700 meters.

Bus

Bus is another alternative you can use to get to the city center. There are bus stops in front of the exit of arriving passenger terminal of the airport. You can comfortably get to the city center by bus.

Last Updated: 23 Oct 2017
Getting to Gan Intl. Airport from the City Center

Gan International Airport is only 1 km of the city center. There are buses for those who want to travel with a means of public transportation. Taxis are also preferred because of the short distance. Many hotels in Atoll offer airport shuttle service for their guests. There are speedboats for those coming from other islands of Atoll.

Taxi

The taxis of Addu Atoll have plates with yellow numbers. The transportation to the airport by taxi takes about 26 minutes from Hithadhoo Island, 15 minutes from Maradhoo Island, 7 minutes from Feydhoo Island and only 4 minutes from the city center of Gan Island. If you wish, your hotel can call a taxi for you.

Car Rental

It is very easy to reach the airport by renting a car. You can get to the airport from both Gan Island city center and other islands by following the Link Road.

Hotel Shuttle

The hotels in Atoll offer privileged services for their guests. You can get in contact with your hotel about arranging a private vehicle for you. You can comfortably travel to the airport by using the service offered by your hotel.

Speedboat

If you will accommodate on other islands of Addu Atoll instead of Gan Island, you can get to the airport by speedboat. You can get on a taxi after getting of the boat. The distance is only 700 meters.

Bus

If you want to get to the airport by using a means of public transportation, you can get on a bus.

Airport Information

Gan International Airport, which was built during the Second World War and offered service as a military airport for a long time, was used for domestic flights for many years but renewed in order to keep up with the rapidly growing tourism and gained the status of modern international airport.

There are many cafes offering delicacies for their guests in the terminal building of the airport where you can find many basic services such as ATM, post office or pharmacy. These cafes offer service for 24 hours. Those looking for more special tastes can enjoy the different delicacies of both local and international cuisines on Feydhoo Island located 7 minutes away from the airport.

Free Wi-Fi internet service is also available throughout the airport terminal. The world-famous accommodation center Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa has a private terminal at the airport and it is the first specially authorized terminal of Maldives.

Last Updated: 23 Oct 2017

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