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This $200 Million Airport Only Serves Seven Passengers per Day

This $200 Million Airport Only Serves Seven Passengers per Day
Ryan Boyd

Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI), an airport built in Mattala, Sri Lanka in an effort to help turn the small town into a booming metropolis, cost about $209 million to construct, and only serves an average of approximately seven passengers every day. Though the airport receives about one plane every day, its vast runway can fit a landing Airbus A380.

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  1. BC Shelby

    October 12, 2017 at 10:50 am

    …sounds like Milwaukee Mitchell, which can also handle and A380 as it’s landed there a couple times. In the past it was regularly served by DC-10s and 747s. They even had the massive AN-225 and an AN-124 touch down there a couple times for cargo flights.

    Nice terminal, long runways, no major congestion, yet the majority of passenger operations there tend to be on RJs evne for flights upwards of 3 hours. The largest passenger aircraft that regularly lands there is a 757-200 for Delta.

    About the onyl the time something big is seen there anymore is a FedEx A-300 or MD-11or when O’Hare gets shut down by bad weather.

  2. amanuensis


    October 12, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    I was expecting an article about MidAmerica Airport (BLV).

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