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The Oman Air Boeing 737 flight which was scheduled to land at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Katunayake was diverted to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) last night due to adverse weather, the BIA Duty Manager said.

He said the flight was diverted due to severe thunderstorms and showers in Katunayake last evening.
The flight, Boeing 737 was scheduled to land at the BIA at 7.55 pm but landed at MRIA at 8.24 pm, he said.

"At the time of diverting, 86 passengers and 15 crew members were onboard. However, no one was allowed to disembark the flight. It returned to BIA after refueling," the duty manager said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama and T.K.G. Kapila)


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  • Dalu Banda Thursday, 26 April 2018 10:11 AM

    There is no argument that Sri Lanka need an alternative airport. That is what MR has given.

    max Thursday, 26 April 2018 10:18 AM

    As the Sinhala adage goes : "kukul bettath beheth walata ona wenava...".

    ANTON Thursday, 26 April 2018 10:23 AM

    YEP...... FORMER BOSS ALSO DIVERTED TO MATTALA DUE TO BAD CHARACTER,

    Thushara Thursday, 26 April 2018 11:08 AM

    The airport built up to store paddy.

    Ranjan Thursday, 26 April 2018 11:15 AM

    Put it in headlines... luckily they didn't have a bird strike.

    Chari Thursday, 26 April 2018 11:26 AM

    See the importance of the second Airport. Protect and Develop it. Not sell to Indians.

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 26 April 2018 11:46 AM

    An airport is not built for the importance of diverting flights once a week or month, but is for having flights at least every hour otherwise the whole business of maintaining one is useless.

    Aman Thursday, 26 April 2018 02:36 PM

    to operate spending so much to land a plane once in a while?

    M.O.Daya Thursday, 26 April 2018 04:37 PM

    Chari, flight diversions do not take place so often as to justify the creation of an expensive, 2nd airport . It may well be cheaper to divert to a neighbouring country.It is similar to a person employing a full time doctor just because he might fall sick!

    srilankan Thursday, 26 April 2018 05:01 PM

    we are so rich to have an airport just idling only to land diverted flights!!!! u must be a seriously a smart citizen of mother lanka

    Kamal Thursday, 26 April 2018 07:39 PM

    It is not about building another airport . It is located in a remote place were avg animal density is more than humans

    Wise Donkey Thursday, 26 April 2018 12:01 PM

    Please take care of the birds and animals there!

    Ceylon Thursday, 26 April 2018 08:42 PM

    Above both names are associated with destruction of economy.banda destroyed the economy,peace and english education.and made country poor war zone.mahinda made it cemetary with trillions robed.two airports were named for them to honour them.

    Prem Thursday, 26 April 2018 10:31 PM

    Well said!


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