Sri Lankan Airlines will operate four flights to Maldives (Male), two to Riyadh , two to Beijing , one to Shanghai from Mattala . Beijing and Shanghai flights will fly via Bangkok . In total there will be a minimum of 10 departures and 10 arrivals per week only from the National Carrier.
Mihin Air will also operate a weekly flight to Buddha Gaya from Mattala starting this week.
Air Arabia, the Sharjah-based United Arab Emirates national budget airlines announced on March 02, that it will fly to the new airport at Mattala.
Air Arabia will add twice weekly non-stop services between Sharjah and Mattala. From May 19, the budget airline will increase services to Mattala four times a week to accommodate summer travel.
The launch of services to Mattala will complement Air Arabia's existing nine weekly flights from Sharjah to Colombo. The airline currently offers daily flights to Colombo, twice daily on Tuesdays and Fridays.
"Our new service to Mattala is in direct response to passenger demand, and will contribute to the trade and tourism ties between the UAE and Sri Lanka," Adel Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia, said in a statement.
Several leading international carriers, including Flydubai , Thai Air, Emirates and Qatar Airways have shown keen interest in operating flights to MRIA.