Dubai’s innovative airline, flydubai, made a special touch down at Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, also known as Hambantota International Airport, as part of the official opening day celebrations.
Hamad Obaidalla, flydubai’s chief commercial officer, headed the delegation on the same day the carrier announced it will start a three-times a week service to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport from May 21.
The celebratory flight landed to a ceremonial water cannon salute before Obaidalla was met by senior aviation authorities and other government officials.
Obaidalla said: “We are delighted to start operations to the new Mattala Airport, which will help to increase the accessibility and drive the development of the Eastern and Southern coasts.”
Through this second route to the island, flydubai continues to further support the Sri Lanka Government’s efforts to bring in 2.5 million visitors a year by 2016.