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Flying from Colombo Sri lanka to Gan Airport

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Flying from Colombo Sri lanka to Gan Airport

Hi guys,

Having already booked Antigua for January, I just discovered an article on Addu Atoll and wish I have booked this instead. Anyway, now have to visit but it will have to wait until later in the year.

I have a couple of questions:

We would fly from the UK and I see that there is a flight from Colombo to Gan Island. Has anyone done this? This seems to be the cheapest and best option time-wise.

Also, weather wise what are the driest and least cloudy months here usually?

Thanks

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1. Re: Flying from Colombo Sri lanka to Gan Airport

Hi Starclouds

January to March are high & driest season although the weather patterns are not quite as settled as they used to be Not heard of this option but on the whole connections in Colombo are generally not too good so it needs careful checking

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Doug

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2. Re: Flying from Colombo Sri lanka to Gan Airport

Have you flown from the UK, Doug? What options and fares did you find via Male?

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3. Re: Flying from Colombo Sri lanka to Gan Airport

Flights from the UK to Male are roughly between £600 and £700 return connecting via various hubs such as Istanbul and several UAE options. Only BA and Thomson (up to April 2014) fly direct.

You will need to make sure that your island destination is within a speedboat ride from Gan otherwise that will necessitate an additional internal flight.

I would be surprised if flights from the UK to Gan via Colombo come in cheaper than flights to Male but may check it out in the morning......may give us a few extra quid for our next trip!!!

John

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4. Re: Flying from Colombo Sri lanka to Gan Airport

Hi Starclouds

I've only flown to Male when involved with a domestic flight like to Island Hideaway or any of the northern atoll resorts it's been taken care of by the the resort as they do with sea plane transfers. My best experience for male was Turkish Airlines via Istanbul with very good business class rates.I haven't looked this year yet but I believe Oman Air via Muscat are offering competitive rates

Regards

Doug

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5. Re: Flying from Colombo Sri lanka to Gan Airport

I concur with Doug that Oman Air are currently offering the best rates, for September at least.

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6. Re: Flying from Colombo Sri lanka to Gan Airport

Can you book internal flights as scheduled flights and what are the best sites to do so? It does seem to be tricky as when I search on http://maldivian.aero/ few of the dates show that come up in sky scanner and other searches.

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7. Re: Flying from Colombo Sri lanka to Gan Airport

Do you have a resort in mind? Sometimes the individual resorts can help you with information about how the domestic/internal flights fit with the speedboat/dhoni transfer offered by the hotel, and you would need to have a resort booked prior to arriving.

An agent, whether hight street (eg Kuoni) or specialist (eg Purley Maldives) would be able to bundle the transfers into a package for you.

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8. Re: Flying from Colombo Sri lanka to Gan Airport

Correct flying to Gan via Colombo is the fastest way to fly to Addu and the most comfortable, no need to change and wait in Male for a domestic flight which will take a minimal of 70min also you can check your suitcases through from London directly to Gan or from any other airport as long if the airline you fly is interlined with SriLankan for example Qatar Airways or Eithat Airlines

I did not tried this route myself yet however i know quite a view people who did and they loved it as it is faster, more comfortable, and much cheaper.

In regards to the weather in Addu, as Addu is under the equator the weather is a bit different that in other parts of the Maldives meaning it is hot during the day but it cools down at night. the weather is the best in the winder months but even in the other month they weather is great but there is a bigger change of rain

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9. Re: Flying from Colombo Sri lanka to Gan Airport

The post was several years old, why reply?

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10. Re: Flying from Colombo Sri lanka to Gan Airport

It was only today I was checking Mle-MAN-MLE with my usual favorites Qatar and Etihad and being south based for fun I checked out of interest GAN-CMB-LHR (if it was such as saving I can fly up to MAN) but the cost was more than Qatar and Etihad.. so.. it's not cheaper.

Also. .the first flight landed 5 days ago.. it's great that you know several people who used it already given that it was touch and go if operations would start at planned...

Qatar transit is around 1hr making it around 14hrs.. I'd be surprised if it's faster than that with only one flight on its scheduled days.

Interesting..

Nic

Edited: 05 December 2016, 12:33
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