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A SriLankan flight was diverted to the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) today due to inclement weather in Colombo, Spokesman for the SriLankan Airlines said.

“The SriLankan Airline flight UL 504 from London to Colombo with 244 passengers onboard was diverted to MRIA and landed safely at 13.54,”he said.

The passengers had been served refreshments and the flight took off from MRIA at 16.30 hrs heading Bandaranaike International Airport.
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  • Sene Wednesday, 16 September 2015 07:11 PM

    Whats the use of taking Biliion Dollar loans to build a airport just for emegencies?

    Defender Wednesday, 16 September 2015 09:06 PM

    It became a Boomerang for those who protested against Mattala. Truth wins some day....it proved at last. via DM Android App

    Sangeetha Wednesday, 16 September 2015 09:21 PM

    It seems that more and more such incidents are happening to Sri Lankan airlines within a short spate of time. There is a difference in the planes. When I first traveled Air Lanka more than 25 years ago, the planes were in good condition and able to handle different weather conditions. Now the planes shake and shudder at the slightest weather change. I think it is time to repair our fleet or retire them. We have the best service and pilots. It is their skill that saves these moments.

    ara Wednesday, 16 September 2015 09:59 PM

    its USD 200 mn, there is a USD 800 mn difference between 1 bn and 200 mn

    Quintus Wednesday, 16 September 2015 05:23 PM

    To load PADDY as well ,due to bad road condition for land transportation ......

    Siribiris Wednesday, 16 September 2015 05:24 PM

    Should have been sent to India!. I thought Mattala already being used to store paddy?. Its shame!.

    Ursula Wednesday, 16 September 2015 05:29 PM

    Thank god ...if MRIA was not there......??????Alternative PALALY airport ....!!!!!..?????So MS to think seriously opening an MSIA at pollanaruwa as Anuradhapura is considered as sacred city..ha ha

    Nath Wednesday, 16 September 2015 05:32 PM

    Hmm.... and they turned it into paddy storage? And said it was a useless vanity thing.

    stardust Wednesday, 16 September 2015 05:46 PM

    Paddy storing is OK. Why no? For the few flight movements Mattala can still function as airport also.

    SKS Wednesday, 16 September 2015 05:55 PM

    One air traffic controller to another at Mattala airport, "Hey... wake up! a plane is coming to land!

    Sapu Wednesday, 16 September 2015 06:05 PM

    Paddy is stored in Mattala warehouse not in Airport

    karthi Wednesday, 16 September 2015 06:15 PM

    So MR is right - thanks to weather God.

    ratagodaya Thursday, 17 September 2015 04:02 AM

    ara - $ 200 Million is SL Tax Payers money ! How can you justify spending $ 200 Million to land a couple of airlines every year ? The maximum cost of using and Indian airport for such an emergency will be few thousand dollars ! So you justify spending $ 200 Millions for something which can be done for a few thousand dollars ? ALL SL people pay taxes for these short sighted propanda expenses !!!

    ANTON Wednesday, 16 September 2015 06:24 PM

    SECURITY : " TAKE CARE ........ ANOTHER PEACOCK IS COMING "


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