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Sri Lanka’s oldest airport sees 1st international flight in 54 years

Established in 1938, the Ratmalana airport is Sri Lanka’s oldest airport and at one point was the only international airport in the country.

Reported by: PTI Colombo Updated on: March 27, 2022 17:49 IST
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The Bandaranaike airport is the main international airport for flights to and from the Sri Lankan capital.

Highlights

  • Sri Lanka’s oldest, 1st int'l airport was relaunched with its first int'l flight landing in 54 years
  • A flight from the Maldives landed at the Ratmalana International Airport.
  • The airport was turned domestic after Bandaranaike International Airport was commissioned in 60s.

Sri Lanka’s oldest and first international airport was relaunched on Sunday with its first international flight landing in 54 years, aviation officials said. A flight from the Maldives landed at the Ratmalana International Airport here.

The 50-seater Maldivian flight would operate three flights a week to Colombo which would be later expanded to five per weeks, the aviation officials said.

The Ratmalana airport was turned into a domestic airport after the Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake was commissioned in the late 60s. The Bandaranaike airport is the main international airport for flights to and from the Sri Lankan capital.

Established in 1938, the Ratmalana airport is Sri Lanka’s oldest airport and at one point was the only international airport in the country. 

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