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Sri Lanka was formerly known as Ceylon and is an island republic in the Indian Ocean off the south-eastern coast of India. Sri Lanka is separated from India by the Palk Strait and Gulf of Mannār. Lying between the two nations is a chain of tiny islands known as Adam's Bridge. Sri Lanka is somewhat pear-shaped, with its apex in the north. The greatest length from north to south is about 440 km (about 273 mi); the greatest width is about 220 km (about 137 mi). The total area of Sri Lanka is 65,610 sq km (25,332 sq mi). The administrative capital of Sri Lanka is Sri Jayawardenepura (Kotte); and Colombo is the commercial capital and largest city

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>renamed to : >>merged in or absorbed : +> assets taken over : =>> merger resulted in new airline : dates are searchable using ddmmyyyy

May 25, 2017

Cosmos Aviation [added], formed as Serendib Express in 2002. Renamed to Aero Lanka Airlines & then Lankan Cargo [status change] before again to current name

March 31, 2017

Fly Southern is a start-up cargo carrier to be based at Colombo Ratmalana (RML)  [added]

November 3, 2016

Mihin Lanka was formed on 27Oct2006 by the Sri Lankan government, ceased operations on 29Oct2016 [status change]

Airlines

Ace Airtours   

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           2010* - date

^ Comments :   No further information at this time

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Aero Lanka  updated

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           2002* - 2009*

^ Comments :   [Cosmos Aviation was formed as Serendib Express in 2002. Renamed to Aero Lanka Airlines & then Lankan Cargo before again to current name]

^ Genealogy :    Serendib Express >Aero Lanka Airlines >Lankan Cargo >Cosmos Aviation

^ Airline Code : QL : RLN

Air Lanka   

^ Status :          Renamed

^ Dates :           1979 - 1999

^ Comments :   SriLankan was formed with technical assistance from Singapore Airlines as Sri Lanka International Airlines on 11Jan1979. It was to replace the defunct Air Ceylon. Renamed to Air Lanka before starting operations. Made its inaugural flight on 01Sep1979 as Air Lanka. SriLankan Airlines was renamed from AirLanka on 13Jul1999

^ Genealogy :    Sri Lanka International Airlines >Air Lanka >SriLankan

^ Airline Code :  

Air Lanka International   

^ Status :          Unsure

^ Dates :           2002 - 2002*

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

AirAsia Lanka   

^ Status :          Unsure

^ Dates :           2007 - 2009*

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :    HolidayAir >AirSOUTHAsia >AirAsia Lanka

^ Airline Code :  

AirLanka   

^ Status :          Not started

^ Dates :           (2002)

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

AirLanka Cargo   

^ Status :          Unsure

^ Dates :           1990* - 1990*

^ Comments :   No further information at this time

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

AirSOUTHAsia   

^ Status :          Renamed

^ Dates :           2006 - 2008

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :    HolidayAir >AirSOUTHAsia >AirAsia Lanka

^ Airline Code :  

Cinnamon Air   

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           2013 - date

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code : C7 : CIN

Cosmos Aviation  updated

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           2016* - date

^ Comments :   Cosmos Aviation was formed as Serendib Express in 2002. Renamed to Aero Lanka Airlines & then Lankan Cargo before again to current name

^ Genealogy :    Serendib Express >Aero Lanka Airlines >Lankan Cargo >Cosmos Aviation

^ Airline Code :  

Deccan Lanka  updated

^ Status :          Renamed

^ Dates :           2004* - 2013

^ Comments :   Simplifly (Millenium Airlines) was founded & started operations in 2004 as Deccan Lanka. Renamed in 2013

^ Genealogy :    Deccan Lanka >Simplifly

^ Airline Code :  

Expo Aviation   

^ Status :          Renamed

^ Dates :           1998 - 2001

^ Comments :   FitsAir was formed in 1997 as Expo Aviation

^ Genealogy :    Expo Aviation >ExpoAir >FitsAir

^ Airline Code :  

ExpoAir   

^ Status :          Renamed

^ Dates :           2001 - 2013

^ Comments :   FitsAir was formed in 1997 as Expo Aviation

^ Genealogy :    Expo Aviation >ExpoAir >FitsAir

^ Airline Code : 8D : EXV

FitsAir (FITS Aviation)   

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           2013 - date

^ Comments :   FitsAir was formed in 1997 as Expo Aviation

^ Genealogy :    Expo Aviation >ExpoAir >FitsAir

^ Airline Code : 8D : EXV

Fly Southern  added

^ Status :          Planned

^ Dates :           2017 >

^ Comments :   Fly Southern is a start-up cargo carrier to be based at Colombo Ratmalana (RML)

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Helitours   

^ Status :          Unsure

^ Dates :           1997* - 1997*

^ Comments :   No further information at this time

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

HolidayAir   

^ Status :          Not started

^ Dates :           (2006*)

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :    HolidayAir >AirSOUTHAsia >AirAsia Lanka

^ Airline Code :  

Jet Wing Airlines   

^ Status :          Unsure

^ Dates :           2002* - 2003*

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Lankair   

^ Status :          Not started

^ Dates :           (2004)

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code : IL : LKN

Lankan Cargo  updated

^ Status :          Renamed

^ Dates :           2010 - 2016*

^ Comments :   [Cosmos Aviation was formed as Serendib Express in 2002. Renamed to Aero Lanka Airlines & then Lankan Cargo before again to current name]

^ Genealogy :    Serendib Express >Aero Lanka Airlines >Lankan Cargo >Cosmos Aviation

^ Airline Code : QL : RLN

Lionair (Lion Air)   

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           1994 - 2006

^ Comments :   No further information at this time

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code : LN : LEO

Mihin Lanka   

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           2007 - 2016

^ Comments :   Mihin Lanka was formed on 27Oct2006 by the Sri Lankan government, awarded its AOC on 05Mar2007 & commenced operations on 24Apr2007. Ceased operations on 29Oct2016 and its routes were taken over by SriLankan Airlines

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code : MJ : MLR

Monara Air   

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           1996* - 1998

^ Comments :   No further information at this time

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Paradise Air   

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           1998* - 2000

^ Comments :   No further information at this time

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code : RI : RPI

PeaceAir   

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           1999* - 1999*

^ Comments :   No further information at this time

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Ronan Air   

^ Status :          Not started

^ Dates :           (2006)

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code : IL : LKN

Serendib Express  updated

^ Status :          Renamed

^ Dates :           2002* - 2002*

^ Comments :   [Cosmos Aviation was formed as Serendib Express in 2002. Renamed to Aero Lanka Airlines & then Lankan Cargo before again to current name]

^ Genealogy :    Serendib Express >Aero Lanka Airlines >Lankan Cargo >Cosmos Aviation

^ Airline Code : QL : RNL

Simplifly (Millenium Airlines)  added

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           2013 - date

^ Comments :   Simplifly (Millenium Airlines) was founded & started operations in 2004 as Deccan Lanka. Renamed in 2013

^ Genealogy :    Deccan Lanka >Simplifly

^ Airline Code :  

Sky Cabs   

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           1991^ - 2000

^ Comments :   No further information at this time

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code : 2E : SCB

Sri Lanka International Airlines   

^ Status :          Renamed

^ Dates :           (1979)

^ Comments :   SriLankan was formed with technical assistance from Singapore Airlines as Sri Lanka International Airlines on 11Jan1979. It was to replace the defunct Air Ceylon. Renamed to Air Lanka before starting operations. Made its inaugural flight on 01Sep1979 as Air Lanka. SriLankan Airlines was renamed from AirLanka on 13Jul1999

^ Genealogy :    Sri Lanka International Airlines >Air Lanka >SriLankan

^ Airline Code :  

SriLanka Cargo   

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           2004* - date

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

SriLankan   

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           1999 - date

^ Comments :   SriLankan was formed with technical assistance from Singapore Airlines as Sri Lanka International Airlines on 11Jan1979. It was to replace the defunct Air Ceylon. Renamed to Air Lanka before starting operations. Made its inaugural flight on 01Sep1979 as Air Lanka. SriLankan Airlines was renamed from AirLanka on 13Jul1999

^ Genealogy :    Sri Lanka International Airlines >Air Lanka >SriLankan

^ Airline Code : UL : ALK

SriLankan Air Taxi   

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           2003 - date

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Translankan Airlines   

^ Status :          Not started

^ Dates :           (2005)

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Upali Air   

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           1968* - 1984

^ Comments :   Upali Air was founded in 1968 by Sri Lankan entrepreneur Upali Wijewardene. Ceased to exist not long after his untimely death in an air crash in Feb1983

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Upali Aviation   

^ Status :          Unsure

^ Dates :           1979* - 2011*

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

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