Bandaranaike International Airport is the main airport serving the city of Colombo in Sri Lanka. The airport currently has two operational passenger terminals. The airport provides both international and domestic flights and offers excellent facilities and amenities to keep visitors happy. The airport is in the suburb of Negombo which is only 35 kilometres from the city centre of Colombo and is served well by public transport and airport taxis.
Bandaranaike International Airport offers a sizeable range of facilities and amenities for visitors to the airport including duty-free shopping and numerous places to eat and drink. Travellers at the airport also have the choice to enjoy their stay in comfort at one of the airport lounges. Terminal 1 is the oldest terminal at the airport having been opened in 1967, while the newer Terminal 3 was recently opened in 2012 to serve domestic flights.
The country’s busiest airport, Bandaranaike International Airport operates a large number of flights to various destinations around the world including Dubai, Milan and London. Getting from the airport into Colombo is possible either by public bus or with a licensed airport taxi. Alternatively, many visitors to Sri Lanka looking to explore the wider region may want to arrange a hire car from one of many companies operating at the airport.
The airport has its origins as a Royal Air Force base in 1944 before a new international airport was completed on the site in 1967. The main airline operating at the airport is Sri Lankan Airlines, the flag carrier of Sri Lanka. Originally consisting of a single terminal, Bandaranaike International Airport recently opened another terminal in 2012.