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Sri Lanka’s Mattala airport offers aircraft parking services to Covid-hit airlines

VACANT AIRPORT: Sri Lanka has closed airports for arrivals during the Coronavirus outbreak.

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Mattala international airport has offered aircraft parking services as thousands of aircraft are grounded worldwide, amid a Coronavirus crisis.

Airport and Aviation Services of Sri Lanka the state run airport agency said Mattala had nine hectares of space with it apron strong enough to hold an Airbus A380 aircraft.

The AASL invited airlines seeking space to park aircraft to contact the agency.

“..[C]onsidering the global requirement, Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited is pleased to invite airlines who are seeking aircraft parking bases to consider Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA)…” the agency said in a note to carriers.

AASL said it would offer competitive rates.

Sri Lanka’s airports are closed for inbound passenger traffic but Colombo is open for outbound and transit passengers and cargo.

The Chinese built Mattala airport gets little traffic and is used to divert aircraft if Colombo’s weather is bad. Mattala is in a different climatic region. (Colombo/Apr24/2020)

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