Mattala Airport.

Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport.

This is the second international airport and located in the southeast Sri Lanka. The town is called as Mattala, and it is 18 km from Hambantota Area. This is called as the first greenfield airport and the second international airport in the country, after Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo.

This Mattala airport was opened in March 2013 by the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who ordered the construction of the airport. Initially, several airlines flew to the airport, including SriLankan Airlines which established a hub. However, due to low demand, most of these airlines left Mattala. As of June 2017, two airlines fly from the airport to destinations within Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates.

Due to the low number of flights, it has been proposed to offer long-term aircraft parking services as well as creating flying schools and maintenance services to be offered from the airport. In the year 2016, Sri Lankan government called for Expressions of Interest to run commercial activities of the Airport as the airport is not generating enough revenue to pay back the loans.

In April, 2018 World Largest Aircraft Antonov An-225 Mriya landed in MRIA. This is the first time the Antonov 225 landed in Sri Lanka.

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