World’s second-largest cargo aircraft lands at Mattala again

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Antonov An-124, the world’s second-largest cargo aircraft landed at the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) last night, MRIA media unit said.

They said that the purpose of the flight was to rest 13 crew members and to obtain technical assistance. The aircraft arrived from Johannesburg and landed at MRIA at 10.23 p.m on Friday.

Meanwhile, another special charter flight, Gulfstream G200, also arrived at MRIA earlier today from Azerbaijan. The purpose of the flight was to transfer three engineers to provide technical assistance to a vessel break down, anchored at Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa International port. 

“Aviation and maritime routes connecting the East and the West and the newly developed southern expressway have encouraged the international maritime and aviation industry players to choose the MRIA as a destination to facilitate their operations,” the MRIA also said.

PCR tests were conducted to all passengers and crew members and AASL had made all the required arrangements for the passenger arrival process in strict accordance with the safety guidelines of the Sri Lanka Health Authorities.

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  • Amar Saturday, 13 June 2020 09:12 PM

    Two planes landed in one day in an airport and suddenly its a chosen destination for major aviation players! Only in Sri Lanka!!!

    Hand perlee Saturday, 13 June 2020 09:31 PM

    Wow, thatisbig news

    Sudesh Saturday, 13 June 2020 11:34 PM

    I know, this is really big news. Can someone remind me why planes landing and taking off is news worthy? Is airports being built in for any other purpose? Ok so 5 flights land in this airport once every year, pretty unusual for an airport. Perhaps this is the most useless airport in the world? Does anyone know of another multi billion dollar airport where 5 flights land and take off every year?

    Dr. Ananda Seneviratne Sunday, 14 June 2020 06:40 AM

    Looks like either you are not a Sri Lankan or someone who does not know the history of this airport. Read and try to increase your IQ. If you hate Sri Lanka, just go away!

    Shame Sunday, 14 June 2020 12:20 AM

    Sri Lankans are a highly literate people yet Sri Lanka is not respected in the world. It is, the headlines like these, our President and Prime Minister falling at the feet of the Indians, and people giving the white tourists too much respect , these reasons are why Sri Lanka is looked down Internationally.

    Manadayan Sunday, 14 June 2020 02:59 AM

    Had Rajapakses developed Palaly instead, many Indian tourists would have visited.

    KanAjanthan Sunday, 14 June 2020 04:19 AM

    5 flights are better than no flights for a Airport

    warren Sunday, 14 June 2020 04:32 AM

    As commented by others in this forum, this news article is hilarious. Airports are meant for landing and taking-off planes and international/domestic passenger activities. But in Sri Lanka, when a plane lands in "Mattala", it becomes a news sensation. Don't worry, we may see more of similar projects under this regime.

    TONY Sunday, 14 June 2020 06:49 AM

    GOOD FOR MAHINDAS ELECTION CAMPAIGN

    Niroshan Sunday, 14 June 2020 08:18 AM

    Missing the picture. What did they bring to Rajapaksha airport????. Election gifts for people??? Mmmm

    Dee Sunday, 14 June 2020 08:26 AM

    Good job done forces!

    Roger Galpihilla - Germany Sunday, 14 June 2020 08:39 AM

    Now create a special Yaldevi Express from Hambantota to KKS for all those living in the North to see through the lovely South.

    ravin Sunday, 14 June 2020 11:03 AM

    sure !! once in a blue moon you get bussy. And rest of the year............. ? God bless taxpayers funds

    ram Sunday, 14 June 2020 11:13 AM

    landing an air craft is a hot news in Sri Lanka

    dickie bird Sunday, 14 June 2020 03:47 PM

    Its not landing that creates news but being the 2nd largest cargo plane that is news.

    History Sunday, 14 June 2020 05:29 PM

    Dr Ananda Senevirathna what history ? There is no history. Only history is this is a failed airport.

    BuffaloaCitizen Sunday, 14 June 2020 08:50 PM

    Dr. Ananda Seneviratne from where did you get your doctorate, another example of our failed free education perhaps. Read yourself about this airport and specifically how much we spent


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