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Mattala International Airport Is Closed.

18 July, 2018 11:36 AM

Sri Lanka's second International airport is now closed due to the last airline too stopped its service. Mattala airport is located 15 KM away from the town of Hambantota which is the birth place of the former Sri Lanka President M.R. It was constructed with the Chinese funds in the year 2012 with a cost of US$ 210 million.

It is a well planned modern airport and was perfectly constructed that can provide best service for the arriving and departing passengers. Many airlines came to operate from here and for years they were operating flights to and from this airport. But many airlines discontinued their services as the operating cost was high and the Capital Business city Colombo was nearly 210 KM away from here. While to Jaffna town is located nearly 540 KM away from the Mattala international airport.

Also the displaced wildlife too is a threat to the arriving and departing airplanes. Specially elephants and large peacocks were involved in collisions on the runway.

Currently Indian Government is in talk with the Sri Lanka Government to get the leasing of the Mattala airport. But whoever come here they have to deal with those elephants and the large peacocks to take off and land flights in this Mattala airport. Even its expansion plans were halted due to the airport's commercial failure as of Jun 2018.

Actually the airport was planned as a secondary airport to support the operations of the Colombo airport. Even now lot of flights was diverted over here when there are bad weather conditions prevailing in the Colombo International air port.

What Wiki says about Mattala international Airport?

"Several airlines served Mattala in the beginning, but the majority soon ended service. Air Arabia ended its flights from Sharjah only six weeks after beginning service, citing low demand. SriLankan Airlines operated a hub at the airport until 2015. In triangle routings through Colombo, the airline flew to Bangkok, Beijing, Chennai, Jeddah, Malé, Riyadh, Shanghai, and Tiruchirappalli from Mattala. The hub was closed on 17 January 2015, as the airline was accruing great losses on the routes. Mihin Lanka flew from Mattala to Gaya and Medan but too ended flights.

All international airlines have left Mattala as of 2018. Flydubai operated a daily triangle routing through Colombo to Dubai. Cinnamon Air began direct flights to Colombo in May 2016 but ceased operations in 2018 due to the operations being uneconomical and several bird strikes. In 2018 Flydubai also ceased its operations in the airport citing it to be "uneconomical"

Antonov Airlines use MRIA as a transit base to re-fuel and provide rest for its crew members. Average 4 flights per month landing in MRIA. In April, 2018 World Largest Aircraft Antonov An-225 Mriya also landed in MRIA. This is the first time Antonov An-225 Mriya landed in Sri Lanka."

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