Sri Lanka's oldest and first international airport was relaunched on Sunday with its first international flight landing in 54 years, aviation officials said.
A flight from the Maldives landed at the Ratmalana International Airport in Colombo.
The 50-seater Maldivian flight would operate thrice a week to Colombo, which would be later expanded to five per week, the aviation officials said.
Colombo International Airport, Ratmalana (CIAR) re-commenced its scheduled international regional flight operations from CIAR after five decades.
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The Ratmalana airport was turned into a domestic airport after the Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake was commissioned in the late 60s.
The Bandaranaike airport is the main international airport for flights to and from the Sri Lankan capital.
Established in 1938, the Ratmalana airport is Sri Lanka's oldest airport and at one point was the only international airport in the country.