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Mattala Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Mattala Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

HRI Airport Overview

mattala airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Mattala Rajapaksa Hambantota Airport.

What to Expect

The brand new terminal at Mattala Airport (code: HRI) opened in 2013. It is said to be the “world’s emptiest International Airport” due to its low number of flights despite the large size of the airport.  Facilities include a restaurant, a few shops, and free WiFi.

Sleeping in Mattala Airport

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews.  For uninterrupted sleep, the closest hotels are a 30 minute drive from the airport. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s web site for current information.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Mattala Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airport Hotels

There are no hotels at Mattala Airport.   Visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Mattala Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

There is a business class lounge that is accessible by business class ticket holders passengers or any airline. The lounge offers non-alcoholic beverages, newspapers/magazines, a TV, WiFi/internet access and a shower room.

Rest & Relaxation Zones

There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.


Free unlimited WiFi is available in Mattala Airport.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Location: Landside, Outer Porch.

Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, there are baby care rooms for breastfeeding and diaper-changing. Locations: Unknown.

Communication Counters – International direct dialing, email, and faxing can be done at any of the Communication Counters, located in the Departures lobby and transit lounge.

Currency Exchange – Bank of Ceylon and Sampath Bank offer currency exchange services in the common lobby.

Duty-Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available, along with a variety of retail shops.

Food & Drinks – There are two restaurants at the airport. Transit Restaurant is available landside and Vanila Pod Restaurant is available landside.

Information Desk – If you have any questions, there is an information desk at the airport that can provide assistance. Location: Common lobby, landside.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Location: Outer porch, landside. Rate and Hours: Unknown.

Medical Services – Urgent and emergency medical care is available in the Medical Centre. Location: Arrivals. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Post Office – Send your last-minute postcards to friends and family from airport’s post office. Location: Outer porch. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Showers – Not available.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Mattala airport is served by the following airlines: Cinnamon Air • SriLankan Airlines.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.

Public Transportation

The airport is served by public transportation. At the time of this update, no further information is available.


Taxis are available from the Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited desk in the Arrivals Hall.

Last updated: 2024-01-30

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers, and their websites. We are not representatives of any of the above-mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.