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Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport Code HRI

Airport Codes


Airport coordinates

LAT / LON 6°17'4"N / 81°7'26"E


Weather Observations

Station ID: VCRI
Observation Time: 18/05/2021 5:10 pm

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About Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport Code

Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport code is HRI. Located at a height of 48.5 meters above sea level, this airport serves Mattala city in southeast Sri Lanka. 

About Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI)

Also regarded as MRIA, Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI) derives its name from the president Mahinda Rajapaksa as well who inaugurated the facility in 2013. Forbes named it “The World’s Emptiest International Airport due to low operations. However, things have improved in the past few years as the airport is now being run as a joint venture between Sri Lanka and India now. 

Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI) Runway

Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI) features a single runway facility: 

05/23 3,500 m asphalt 

This state-of-the-art facility can handle the operations of the Airbus A380 as well. 

Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI) Terminal

Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI) features a single terminal building spanning across an area of 10,000 meter square. This facility is capable of handling over 1 million passengers every year. Just like any other world-class terminal, this facility too features luxury lounges, medical centres, and multi-cuisine restaurants for passengers. 

Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI) terminal has 12 check-in counters and 2 gates along with jetways. 

Nearest Airports to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI)

Mawella Lagoon Airport 87 km 

Koggala Airport 158 km 

Batticaloa Airport 232 km 

Sigiriya Airport 283 km 

Bandaranaike International Airport 288 km 

Major Passenger Airlines Operating from Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI)

Air Astana 

Cinnamon Air 



SCAT Airlines 


Ukraine International Airlines

Runway Data

Name Length Width Surface Lighted
05-23 11,483 ft 197 ft Other “Asphalt” Yes

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When should I reach the airport to board a flight on time?
    You should reach 90 minutes in advance before the departure of your domestic flight and 3 hours before the departure of an international flight.
  • Yes. You can use the free Wi-Fi facility at the airport.
  • The airport features luxury lounges, duty-free shops, ATMs, onsite parking, multi-cuisine restaurants, and currency exchange counters among other facilities.
  • You must check with the Materials Management Department as all unclaimed properties found at the airport and its vicinity are deposited here.
  • Yes. You need to carry a copy of your boarding ticket along with a government-issued picture ID.
  • Yes. The airport has a 24*7 medical center helmed by well-trained doctors and paramedics. In the event of a medical emergency, ambulances are also provided.
  • Kindly get in touch with your respective airline.
  • Kindly refer to your respective airline’s guidelines should you wish to carry medicines on board. It is advised that you carry your doctor’s prescription as well.
  • For the safety of our passengers, we request them to not handle any unattended items. They are advised to inform about the same to the airport staff or security personnel.

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