Flight diverted to MRIA due to bad weather

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The Air China CA 424 flight which was scheduled to land at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), was diverted to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) last night due to adverse weather, the BIA Duty Manager said.

She said the flight arrived from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, China and it was scheduled to land at BIA at 9.50p.m but due to bad weather it was diverted and landed at MRIA .

“There was no clear view of the runway to land aircraft at BIA,” the Duty manager said.

"At the time of diverting, 166 passengers were onboard. However, no one was allowed to disembark the flight. It returned to BIA at 01.08a.m. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama and T.K.G Kapila)

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  • ANTON Friday, 05 October 2018 10:03 AM

    MR MIGHT PRAISE THE BAD WEATHER.

    vis8 Saturday, 06 October 2018 06:30 AM

    Cant bear to see Mattala is a strategic airport??? Go get a life, moron!

    Jude Friday, 05 October 2018 10:35 AM

    Building a International Airport in Dry-Zone was a good thing!!! I call a spade a spade!!! The birds and animals around will move away!!! I remember recently when BIA runaway was under repairs Flights were diverted to MRIA !!! Remembe, SL a Island and Having 2 International Airports is a boon to the country!!!

    Sachith Friday, 05 October 2018 12:55 PM

    vision.. thats what our politicians dont have.

    Ranl Friday, 05 October 2018 01:57 PM

    soon there will be more flights to mattala than to KIA,people of the country should not allow ranil to give it away to India,

    Muwa Saturday, 06 October 2018 11:25 AM

    If India can see it as an economically viable investment it is understood even a Montessori child as our so called leaders are real donkeys.

    Fly high Friday, 05 October 2018 06:44 PM

    I cannot understand why we have not converted Palaly airport into an international one yet. The advantages and economic benefits are huge. I presume it's due to pure jealousy as usual in not developing the North and East.

    v8 Saturday, 06 October 2018 06:31 AM

    Because the airports in Tamil nadu will become obsolete??? Ha ha That's the truth

    lnaka Friday, 05 October 2018 07:49 PM

    As a nation SL should and must have two international airports. Anyone who wants to sell or lease these assets to India or any other country are traitors. There are 1001 things that can be done to make use of the MRIA for the benefit of sri lankans.

    Be Fair Friday, 05 October 2018 09:21 PM

    Seems whatever bad is that way

    Ruwan Fernando Saturday, 06 October 2018 04:40 AM

    So... 1 flight landed at Mattala due to bad weather. A few airlines initially agreed to fly commercial flights to Mattala and then stopped doing that as it was commercially not-viable. SL Govt spent a LOT of USD to build MRIA and each of us Sri Lankans are paying more tax to help pay off the loans taken to build MRIA.Given the above, anyone who suggests selling/leasing MRIA is a traitor?? Seriously, from a country that is supposed to have a literacy rate over 90%????

    Vader Saturday, 06 October 2018 06:38 AM

    Ha haaaaaaaaaaaa. The UNPers will try to negate the value of Mattala as long as the morons are in power. US, India and China know the value of Mattala.. Those who blindly hate the previous regime will keep on trying to use the media to destroy the worth of this strategically-valuable airport.'Still want 'yahapalanaya', anyone?????? No, unless you are a beneficiary of their perks

    Rasu Saturday, 06 October 2018 11:12 AM

    Our people are obsessed of India. Only when they needed intelligence and help during the civil war they begged India's help. When India wants to help us to develop please accept their help. Don't be paranoid that India will swallow SL. Grow up.


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