Posted on: 18 March 2013 by Mark Howells
Air Arabia has operated its first flight to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Sri Lanka, thus becoming the first ever international carrier to arrive as the new airport celebrated its own inauguration.
“We target, through our new regular service, to develop the tourism traffic between Mattala, the UAE and the wider region,” declared Adel Ali, group chief executive officer, Air Arabia. “We are confident that the launch of Mattala will bring great benefits to the tourism ties between the UAE and Sri Lanka, and will support Air Arabia’s rapidly expanding network in the Indian Subcontinent.”
The airline has begun the route with two weekly services between Sharjah and Mattala, to be increased to four times weekly from 19 May. On Thursdays and Sundays, flights depart Sharjah at 21:30 and arrive at Mattala at 03:50 the following day. Turnaround time is short as the return flights leave Mattala at 04:30 and arrive back in Sharjah at 07:40 (all times local).