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
To 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.
Where to Sleep
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.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Showers – Not available.
The airport is open 24 hours.
Mattala airport is served by the following airlines: Cinnamon Air • SriLankan Airlines.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
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: 2019-05-30
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: update the airport guide or write a review.