Airlines eyeing Mattala for scheduled flights
Several regional airlines are in discussion with the Airport and Aviation Authority to operate scheduled flights in and out from the southern international airport after the COVID-19 pandemic opened an opportunity for the rarely used national asset.
According to media reports Mattala Airport, located in Southern Sri Lanka, has handled more than 50 flights during June and July with 2,188 passengers arriving in the country.
Capitalising on the new opportunity the Southern international airport is now eyeing scheduled flights after the country opens up for travellers. It has been reported that Indigo Airlines made 20 trips to the Mattala Airport during 26 June to 31 July alone.
“Airlines who visited Mattala had shown their willingness to start scheduled flights once flight restrictions are removed,” the CAA said.
The much-ostrasised Mattala International Airport has been used to manage repatriation flights and international ship crew changes after the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake adopted stringent health and safety measures.
According to CAA the Mattala Airport is offering attractive fees and open skies for foreign airlines to operate.