Plane delayed at Mattala

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A Sri Lankan Airlines flight was held up at the newly opened Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport yesterday for more than one and half hours due to the bowser that supplies fuel arriving late, Daily Mirror learns.

The Riyadh-bound flight UL 273 took off from the Bandaranaike International Airport  at noon, and landed at Mattala for refueling. Though the captain announced that the flight would be held up for only half an hour, the plane was kept for one and half hours.

According to informed sources, there had been a delay in bringing fuel to the airport. There are no facilities for storing aviation fuel at the airport. Fuel is brought to the airport from the tanks attached to the Hambantota port.  

The issue had been raised in Parliament last week. United National Party (UNP) MP Ravi   Karunanayake said in the House that Mattala was the only airport that did not have facilities to store the fuel required by the planes that land there.
 
Environment Minister Susil Premajayantha said fuel was brought from the tanking facility attached to the Hambantota Port.
“Bowsers are used to supply fuel. Therefore, a problem will not arise,” he said. (KB)

 
 

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-0+6 # ANTON 2013-03-25 10:20
PUDANA KOTAMA KAAPI YAKA
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-0+6 # Yuri 2013-03-25 11:18
President should elect one PC for it. it could make people few million ...
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-0+12 # kamal Kulathilake 2013-03-25 12:16
yeah MR Should appoint another minister...."Minister of Fuel Supply to MRIA"....
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-0+5 # raj 2013-03-25 11:50
change the name "mahinda" problem will be solved :)
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-1+11 # Katie 2013-03-25 10:21
This is crazy! imagine if somebody has to get a connecting flight he will miss it!
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-0+19 # TJ 2013-03-25 10:26
This problem could have ben solved if we had built the airport adjoining the hambantota tank.......... bad planning
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-1+5 # Mohideen 2013-03-25 13:18
Failed State???
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-19+10 # dave 2013-03-25 10:28
Susil Prema Jayantha is really useless minister in our country ever produced. He real worthless politicians.
Sri Lanka needs a minister like Patali Champika Ranawaka.
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-1+20 # Yuri 2013-03-25 11:19
is only Susil ? what about other 200 ministers
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-10+9 # Kanishka 2013-03-25 12:27
yeah, Mr Champika Ranawaka did a great service when he was Minister of Electricity. worth voting him.
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-1+10 # rif 2013-03-25 15:32
to find out missing vehicle at ECB ? , if he appointed we will lose flight also
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-0+4 # joytheo 2013-03-25 10:30
hehe... apitamai wenne....
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-0+6 # Duminda 2013-03-25 10:31
more stories yet to come, just stated the story
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-0+7 # Lankanboy 2013-03-25 10:31
Wow , it was first time in airline history . We are writing history here.
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-0+9 # Leela 2013-03-25 10:33
Time and again Premajayanth has proved to be a good debator and a speaker but never a good doer.
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-0+5 # DAVID 2013-03-25 10:35
WHO CARE THIS AIRPORT AND THE NEWS. IT CAN BE USED TO RAJAPAKSA'S FAMILY.
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-2+1 # Hadi 2013-03-25 10:35
Better late than never.
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-0+3 # Muba 2013-03-25 10:44
hahahahahahaha, as usual nothing is complete,
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-0+7 # Neo 2013-03-25 10:47
nothing say, nothing to comment and never ends, coz we (citizens of Sri lanka ) are the fools for voting the.
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-0+5 # Ela Malli 2013-03-25 11:06
We? you mean you .. I will never vote for a racist
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-0+1 # Neo 2013-03-25 13:43
I hear this every where, they say, we didnt vote for them, so who has done it? maybe not Sri lankans?
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-0+2 # MM 2013-03-25 18:46
Computer Jilmart......!
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-0+9 # Dingo 2013-03-25 11:07
It took off from the Bandaranaike International Airport to refuel at Mattala Airport where there is no storage facilities for aviation fuel. Typical Sri Lankan style.
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-0+6 # Kamil 2013-03-25 11:19
Like the Chinese say "Cheap things no Good, Good things no cheap"
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-2+0 # Champi 2013-03-25 11:21
The plane was going with a load of housemaids to Riyadh, so no problem.

One and a half hours is nothing.
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-0+6 # Crow Bird 2013-03-25 11:53
209 Milions $ spent for what?, this basic facility absent but the commissions duly paid.
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-1+2 # banda 2013-03-25 11:53
Has Srilankan airlines settled the fuel bills of CPC? What is the amount outstanding??
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-0+3 # ANTON 2013-03-25 11:56
This cartoon displays typical Mattala airport, only one passenger is there.
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-0+3 # truth is truth 2013-03-25 11:57
that was why Abbreviation for Sri lankan Air Lines ( UL : usually Late)
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# ANTON 2013-03-25 13:11
HEY, YOU CAN SAY THAT AGAIN !!!
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-0+1 # kay parker 2013-03-25 11:57
I'm glad more international airlines want to land in Mattala
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-2+1 # Giann 2013-03-25 12:00
Was this aircraft planned to refuel in the first place? why should a plane starting the journey from BIA, which has all the facilities want to re-fuel at MRIA? Worth checking!!!
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-0+8 # Ed 2013-03-25 12:31
If they refuel at BIA the plane would be overweight to land at MRIA after only a 15min journey.
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# Nadi Karunaratne 2013-03-25 12:04
What could they organise in a brewery?
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-0+4 # Gamage 2013-03-25 12:06
Why do they need to re-fuel at Mattala ? Did they have that many passengers getting down at Mattala ? Idiots. Sure, the captains are forced to fly with low fuel and re-fuel at Mattlala. No logic, no respect for aviation rules standards !
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-0+2 # mike 2013-03-25 12:12
should appoint a Minister of MRIA to manage the new air port
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-3+1 # Mara Yaka 2013-03-25 12:12
IOCL - CONTAMINATED FUEL!
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-0+2 # Hasitha 2013-03-25 12:14
Yesterday two passengers got off from board and ten got on board
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-0+3 # shaib 2013-03-25 12:19
MR will start another project to put fuel line from Kollonnawa to Mattala.

China will give project loan.

MADANAMUTTA AND GOLAYAS(MINISTE RS).
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-0+2 # ramkumar 2013-03-25 12:25
Now waiting for fuel, If an accidental fire broke, will they wait for fire fighters from, nearby port.
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-0+3 # pasel 2013-03-25 12:37
Well done MR
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# Ranjit. S 2013-03-25 12:44
Even our leaders need refueling for their brains to work.
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# Teron 2013-03-25 12:49
Bad planning as usual...wake up those who are concerned....its very bad publicity....
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-2+0 # Mara Yaka 2013-03-25 13:24
Right Plan wrong PLACE!
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-1+0 # indira 2013-03-25 13:06
this is the true picture of the entire country today.
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# madman 2013-03-25 13:19
who really needed an airport there????????????
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-1+0 # chams 2013-03-25 13:21
Mushroom development!
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-1+2 # Siribiris 2013-03-25 13:23
100% of comments are on negative side.What does it mean?
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-0+1 # ajan 2013-03-25 14:02
hehehe in the world 1st time i watch without fuel station airport. what about sea fort? hahaha both becoming joke now
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-0+1 # basil 2013-03-25 14:05
Next time get the bowser to drive there from Katunayake. It will probably get there on time!
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-1+0 # Sareek 2013-03-25 14:06
Mattala airport map showing their is a fuel farm near airport.
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-0+2 # Discombobulations 2013-03-25 14:09
My words are useless--everyone before said it all!
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-0+1 # Shan 2013-03-25 14:15
Now Flight fuel will come to ordinary shops also, so that the airport can buy from them whenever they want
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-4+0 # ranil 2013-03-25 14:57
Is this a news???fresh shit for Jobless colombian Pigs!!
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# henga gahapiya 2013-03-25 16:11
hena gahapiya ratay sali tika iwarai
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-0+2 # Peter 2013-03-25 16:11
I am sure people will think twice before using Sri Lankan Airlines in the future.
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# ashok 2013-03-25 16:16
What about CPC Cannot They Supply??
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# Living the dream O/S 2013-03-26 05:52
What can you expect in thirld world under developed SL. This will never happen in first world wealthy countries.
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# MODA RAJA 2013-03-26 06:38
AIRPORT WITHOUT REFUEL FACILITYS , WONDER OF ASIA
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# MSNYR masanayar 2013-03-26 06:58
1st delay pardonable, the next will be elephants on the runway !!
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# meenavan 2013-03-26 08:46
Hope Mathala should not come another Nuraicholai...both built by Chinese aid....
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# True-Patriot 2013-03-26 08:49
Time to appoint a Mattala Airport Ministry with a Budget of Rs 60 million per month and tax the poor people.
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-0+1 # Ravi wijesekara 2013-03-26 14:22
It happens every where in the world even in Changi airport in Singapore.You guys have something wrong??!!
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