Sleeping in Airports

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.

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Mattala Airport.

What to Expect

  • Mattala Airport is an international airport serving southeast Sri Lanka. As of May 2016, three airlines fly from the airport to destinations within Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates. 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.
  • Free WiFi is available. See WiFi in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • As of May 2017, we have no reviews from travellers who have used this airport. Write a review to help future travellers!
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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.

Airport Lounges

There is a business lounge available, but we do not have any information about whether economy class passengers pay to use this lounge. As soon as we receive the information, we will update this. If you know, please write a review or email us at [email protected]

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Mattala Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Saraii Village – (30 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Hotel River Edge – (32 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Jade Green Hambantota – (28 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Mattala Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free unlimited WiFi is available in Mattala Airport.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

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.

Baby Care Facilities – The airport’s Childcare Rooms are equipped for diaper changes and feeding. 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 is one restaurant in the airport, located in the transit area of the terminal.

Information Desk – 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, write a review or email us at [email protected]

Post Office – Location: Common lobby. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


As of March 2018, Mattala airport is served by the following airlines: Fly Dubai • SriLankan Airlines • Sriwijaya Air.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Public Transportation

The airport is served by public transportation. At the time of this January 2018 update, no further information is available.


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

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are 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 web sites. 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, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.