The cheapest times to fly from MLE to MSY are

  • January 22nd to February 4th
  • March 19th to July 29th

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from MLE to MSY is mid March. Prices can be as high as $10400 for Friday flights during early to mid August, or as low as $1477 for Tuesday flights around mid March.


When to Fly to New Orleans

Flying from Male (MLE) to New Orleans, LA (MSY) will usually cost between $1567 to $5710 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid March with an average ticket price of $1724. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid August, with an average price of $6911. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $5187 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1894 can be considered a good price for a round-trip MLE to MSY flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the MLE to MSY route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

MLE to MSY Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the MLE to MSY flight is more expensive than the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from Malé. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.12, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to MSY, and Sunday the cheapest day to fly back into MLE. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to New Orleans, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to Malé. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $2286 (41%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1906. Return trip prices are from the MSY to MLE flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from MLE to MSY can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 18 hour 42 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking MLE to MSY

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from MLE to MSY — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Colombo (MLE > CMB > MSY)

  • Price for both tickets: $1377
  • Average savings: $518 (27.32%)

See MLE to HKG flights

Hack #2: Hong Kong (MLE > HKG > MSY)

  • Price for both tickets: $1440
  • Average savings: $455 (24%)

See MLE to CMB flights

Hack #3: Bangalore (MLE > BLR > MSY)

  • Price for both tickets: $1474
  • Average savings: $420 (22.18%)

See MLE to BLR flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from MLE to MSY? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 26 major airlines flying this route most often: Aeroflot, Air Canada, Air France, Air India, Alaska, Alitalia, American, Austrian, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Iberia, JetBlue, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, SriLankan, Turkish Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to Velana International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 9841 miles or 15838 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from MLE to MSY?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop MLE to MSY flight is about 18 hour 42 minutes.

How many flights go between Male and New Orleans, LA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 8 available flights from MLE to MSY.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code MLE
Origination airport name Velana International Airport
City Male
Country the Maldives
Latitude 4.2
Longitude 73.5

Return Airport

Destination code MSY
Destination airport name Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
City New Orleans, LA
Country the United States
Latitude 30
Longitude -90.3


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