Government assures international flights will return to Mattala

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The Government today assured that international flights will return to Mattala from the end of this year.The only international airline operating to Mattala had suspended its flights to the airport last month. UAE-based Fly Dubai had suspended its operations to the Mattala international airport owing to commercial reasons.Speaking at an event today, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that earlier only birds landed at Mattala but now the Government hopes to have commercial flights operating from the airport. He said that international flights are expected to resume operations at Mattala from the end of this year.