flydubai, Dubai's innovative airline, today made a special touch down at Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, also known as Hambantota International Airport, as part of the official opening day celebrations.
flydubai's Chief Commercial Officer, Hamad Obaidalla, 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 21 May 2013. Today's celebratory flight landed at 1220hrs to a ceremonial water cannon salute before Obaidalla was met by senior aviation authority and other government officials.
Commenting on the occasion, Obaidalla, said: "We are grateful to the authorities for their continued support and for giving flydubai the opportunity to serve the Sri Lankan market.
We launched flights to Colombo in July 2010 with a four-times weekly service. Following increased demand this rose to five times a week two months later, before daily operations began in March 2012. 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."
Flights to Hambantota will operate three-times a week from 21 May 2013. FZ551 departs Dubai Terminal 2 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 2250hrs, landing in Mattala International Airport at 0635hrs local time following a stop in Colombo at 0555hrs.
The return flight, FZ552, direct to Dubai departs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 0730hrs, arriving in Dubai at 1050hrs local time.
Return fares from Dubai to Hambantota start at AED 995 with return fares from Hambantota to Dubai starting at LKR 31,365.
Booking from flydubai.com is not available yet.