SkyUp begins Kyiv to Mattala; Sri Lanka’s first arrival after borders reopen
SkyUp began Kyiv Boryspil to Mattala, Sri Lanka, on 28 December.
The Ukrainian carrier is operating the route twice-weekly on a charter basis until the end of March 2021. It operates via Sharjah in both directions, for a total one-way distance of 6,934 kilometres.
It’s served by 189-seat B737-800s with its first arrival loaded with 180 passengers to Sri Lanka, the airport told us.
Sri Lanka closed its borders to international tourists in mid-March 2020, with SkyUp the first airline to carry such traffic to the country since the nation’s reopening.
It was followed by Ukraine International, whose first flight was the following day.
Mattala had 494,000 seats in its peak year, 2015, but capacity hasn’t exceeded 100,000 since 2018, OAG data shows. The airport is now actively seeking growth.