Largest aircraft lands at Sri Lanka’s emptiest international airport

ECONOMYNEXT – The world’s largest aircraft, Antonov An 225, made a refuelling stop at Sri Lanka’s Mattala international airport Wednesday while on a cargo mission to Karachchi from Luala Lumpur, officials said.

The 28-member crew of the Ukranian aircraft also had a break at the world’s emptiest airport built by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa at his home constituency of Hambantota.

The Antonov and its crew had the airport to themselves  as the behemoth six-engine aircraft stood on the tarmac and provided a rare photo opportunity to tourists visiting the airport to see one of Sri Lanka’s recent white elephants.  The revenue from the Mattala airport is not enough to pay salaries of its staff or meet the electricity bills.

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