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An Antonov cargo aircraft flying from the US with 19 crew members landed at the Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) this morning.


Airport officials said the aircraft would leave for Australia tonight.


According to the flight schedule only a Fly Dubai flight was expected to land at Mattala. (Deepa Adikari)
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  • S.Sriranjan Thursday, 22 January 2015 05:31 PM

    May be the New Government``s initiative to reduce the gross Loss!!!

    Chryshan Wednesday, 21 January 2015 04:39 PM

    Oh when a flight lands at Mattala it comes under breaking news.

    Dan Thursday, 22 January 2015 01:21 PM

    Dear Readers , Please think everything in Practical. I heard that the new Government is in talks with DHL , UPS and all Major Courier Companies to use MRIA as their new HUB. The new Government will grant concessions. But it will bring huge employment to the Locals

    Kamal Wednesday, 21 January 2015 04:52 PM

    Because it has landed to carry some unwanted human cargo.

    Lankanboy Wednesday, 21 January 2015 05:10 PM

    Probably they would have requested to land in KIA but given permission to land in MIA

    Lash Wednesday, 21 January 2015 05:12 PM

    Lol..The only airport where people are actually amazed to hear a plane has landed.

    Ash Wednesday, 21 January 2015 05:25 PM

    Definitely the civil aviation authorities must have known about it in advance via DM Android App

    asoka Wednesday, 21 January 2015 05:27 PM

    Be careful,please check whether ANURA KUMARA or a new minister is there. They may be checking outgoing politicians.

    sss Wednesday, 21 January 2015 05:30 PM

    cannot understand the significance of it? it is a us plane probably on a military mission

    ratna Wednesday, 21 January 2015 05:34 PM

    O HH , Mattala air port is in operation.for transnational flights.in general any commercial operation needs time to get off. But some people think it has to be fully operative as soon as its opened. which is not correct even to a tea boutique in the village.

    Sim Wednesday, 21 January 2015 07:51 PM

    We have no alternative but to carry on the burden of the Port and Airport in Hambantota. There are more pressing needs of the people.

    sri Wednesday, 21 January 2015 07:53 PM

    very true !

    suranjith lal Wednesday, 21 January 2015 05:41 PM

    it is good at least some publicity

    Nana Thursday, 22 January 2015 10:01 AM

    Oh, What a Achievement for Mattala MRIA !!! Breaking News

    Hurt Sri Lankan Wednesday, 21 January 2015 05:45 PM

    My dear friends, enough is enough.Mattala airport is not a waste. Any airport will not have heavy traffic flow right from day one. What we need to do is to promote the positive side of the facility and mitigate its disadvantages and move forward. After all it is our asset Now we have a second airport in Sri Lanka.

    ROSHAN Wednesday, 21 January 2015 05:45 PM

    HOORRAY... ASCHARYA....

    yohan de Silva Thursday, 22 January 2015 04:42 PM

    Very true we need an international airport in the Jungle for the Elephants and the Mee Harak to see the world!!! Aney they are poor fellows No? They will not care if Bandaranayake international airport is bursting at its seems with passengers !!!!

    hamid Wednesday, 21 January 2015 05:57 PM

    thanks to x president.

    Gihan perera Wednesday, 21 January 2015 06:10 PM

    MIRACLE!

    ANTON Wednesday, 21 January 2015 06:11 PM

    I THINK THE CREW WANTED TO SEE WILD ANIMALS...........................

    Danu Thursday, 22 January 2015 10:23 AM

    I guess it SHOULD be breaking news if the plane that landed was an AN-124 as pictured. Not a lot of airports in the world can accommodate that massive beast.

    Shantha Wednesday, 21 January 2015 06:27 PM

    Yah right !!!! Airport in the Jungle .............

    James Duncan Thursday, 22 January 2015 05:09 PM

    i heard on the JUNGLE telegraph that the Antonov picked up a Lamborghini, a present for Mr Putin no less...

    Abdul Hameed Wednesday, 21 January 2015 09:13 PM

    The airport should have been built in Gale because of Population Not in Mattala where there is no poeple.

    vis8 Wednesday, 28 January 2015 05:36 AM

    Be patient! Remember the movie: "Build it and They Will Come"?Look ahead 25 years, please: Mattala and Hamba will be a main transport hub.


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