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Flights to Sri Lanka

The best price found from United States to Sri Lanka is on January 18th, 2017, travelling with Singapore Airlines. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

IAD
Washington Dulles
from $595.00
CMB
Colombo Bandaranayake

Getting around by air

Airports & Airlines

Sri Lanka’s primary international airport is Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake, 30km north of Colombo. There are 24-hour moneychanging facilities in the arrivals and departures halls as well as ATMs, mobile phone dealers and more.

Arriving is fairly hassle-free as touts are mostly kept away. Transit passengers and those checking in early should note, however, that the terminals remain quite spartan in terms of amenities.

Major airlines serving Sri Lanka include the following:

Mattala International Airport

Opened in 2013, Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport is 15km north of Hambantota near the south coast. Although it can handle the largest jets, it has yet to attract many flights – but it has attracted criticism.

Tickets

Shop around online; there is limited charter service to Sri Lanka for now. Sri Lankan Airlines and others often have their best prices only on their own websites.

Europe

SriLankan Airlines links Colombo nonstop with major European airports. Connecting through on a carrier such as British Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines is common.

Australia & New Zealand

Connections are on Asian carriers such as Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways. Using Emirates requires major backtracking.

Asia

Sri Lanka is well served by major Asian carriers, including Malaysian budget favourite Air Asia. Service from India is competitive between several carriers.

Many visitors combine a visit to Sri Lanka with the Maldives. SriLankan Airlines and Emirates fly between Colombo and Malé.

North America

You’re literally going halfway around the world from Canada and the USA; from the west coast connect through Asia, from the east coast connect through the Middle East or India.