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Myanmar Airways International Operated a Special Flight to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) to Transfer Sri Lankan Workers to Korea

May 27, 2020

Myanmar Airways International operated a flight from Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) to Incheon International Airport, on 27th May 2020 at 0100 hrs. This flight carried more than 160 Sri Lankan expatriates who had returned to Sri Lanka from Korea before the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

MAC Aviation Services (Pvt) Ltd., a fully owned subsidiary of MAC Holdings (Pvt) Ltd., in collaboration with Paradise travels Pvt Ltd., has organized this flight operation from MRIA.

MRIA is the second international airport in Sri Lanka and serves as an alternative aerodrome to Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). Under the development plan of the present government, Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited is taking strategic directives to re-commence international flight operations from MRIA. Moving forward under these strategic directives, AASL offers the following concessions to scheduled airlines at MRIA.

  • Complete waive-off the embarkation levy of USD 60 at MRIA for two years.
  • Waive-off Landing and Parking Charges of scheduled international airlines for 1 year as a promotional incentive.

Further, all nine Freedoms of the air to be offered to any foreign airline operating in and out of MRIA without restrictions whatsoever.

AASL has identified the market potential of nearly 80,000 migrant workers who are residing in the adjoining districts to MRIA andmarketing feasibility studies have uncovered that around 20% of migrant workers leave from Sri Lanka are from the districts closer to MRIA.  The extensive development and the modern road network that connects the airport with the surrounded areas will facilitate the passengers enormously.