Sri Lanka Trending English News - Latest international news headlines, pictures, and video


Mattala Airport duty free shops closed

The troubled Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport at Mattala has received another blow with the complete closure of the duty free shops located within its premises since June 1.

Airport sources said that shops have remained closed since 1 June and the owners have already removed the goods from their stores.

The air traffic to Mattala has now dwindled to a trickle and only two charter flights use the MRIA at present.

However, these two airlines have flights to MRIA, carrying tourists on an almost daily basis and the passengers have been inconvenienced duty to the lack of duty-free shopping opportunities.3.