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Flight diverted to MRIA due to bad weather

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The SriLankan Air UL 206 flight which was scheduled to land at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Katunayake was diverted to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) this morning due to adverse weather, the BIA Duty Manager said.

He said the flight arrived from Muscat International Airport, Oman and it was scheduled to land at BIA at 4.45a.m but due to bad weather it was diverted and landed at MRIA at 5.22a.m.

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

"At the time of diverting, 130 passengers were onboard. However, no one was allowed to disembark the flight. It returned to BIA at 6.47a.m. It left from MRIA at 6.20 a.m" the duty manager said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama and T.K.G. Kapila)

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  • Parami Katugampola Friday, 01 June 2018 09:36 AM

    MRIA is on an excellent flight path connecting Europe with Australia and Southern Africa with the Far East.

    AJ Friday, 01 June 2018 03:11 PM

    Flights just don't consider the shortest route to select their hub air ports. A base passenger load needs to be generated. What passengers from MRIA?

    Dee Friday, 01 June 2018 04:53 PM

    Who would transit from MRIA? Cows?

    Preethi Friday, 01 June 2018 10:20 AM

    Every country needs a 2nd international airport.

    P. Sira Friday, 01 June 2018 10:35 AM

    Pilot should be fired immediately, this is a paddy storage facility.

    Royce Friday, 01 June 2018 10:49 AM

    But it's filled with paddy ?!

    Thattaya Friday, 01 June 2018 11:09 AM

    We live in a country where, a flight landing (due to adverse weather or not) at a particular airport hits the front lines.

    Reader Friday, 01 June 2018 01:44 PM

    There is no other business.

    Dee Friday, 01 June 2018 04:54 PM

    Don't you get the point? One flight (international) landing there , should make the headlines!

    Funnyil Monday, 04 June 2018 03:53 AM

    Naturally when an international flight is diverted to a paddy store

    Matilda Ellepola Friday, 01 June 2018 02:15 PM

    Doesnt make sense to have 2 airports for a country like SL.Singapore and Hong Kong which have like 50X air traffic comapared to Sri Lanka does have a single airport only.The worst case here is the Airport was constructed in a bird sanctuary middle of nowhere., why not make in Matara or even Hambantota city limits ?

    manjula Friday, 01 June 2018 04:30 PM

    there should be two airport to a country in two different climate zones in that country in order to use the other airport if the other air port can not be used due to advers weather. Singpore and hong kong are very tiny states where they cant find different climate zones to build 2nd air port.


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