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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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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]
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Ace Airtours   

Active 2010* - date

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Aero Lanka  updated

Inactive 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

Air Lanka   

Renamed 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

Air Lanka International   

Unsure 2002 - 2002*

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AirAsia Lanka   

Unsure 2007 - 2009*

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^ Genealogy : HolidayAir >AirSOUTHAsia >AirAsia Lanka

AirLanka   

Not started (2002)

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AirLanka Cargo   

Unsure 1990* - 1990*

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AirSOUTHAsia   

Renamed 2006 - 2008

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^ Genealogy : HolidayAir >AirSOUTHAsia >AirAsia Lanka

Cinnamon Air   

Active 2013 - date

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Cosmos Aviation  updated

Active 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

Deccan Lanka  updated

Renamed 2004* - 2013

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

^ Genealogy : Deccan Lanka >Simplifly

ExpoAir   

Renamed 2001 - 2013

^ Comments : FitsAir was formed in 1997 as Expo Aviation

^ Genealogy : Expo Aviation >ExpoAir >FitsAir

FitsAir (FITS Aviation)   

Active 2013 - date

^ Comments : FitsAir was formed in 1997 as Expo Aviation

^ Genealogy : Expo Aviation >ExpoAir >FitsAir

Fly Southern  added

Planned 2017 >

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

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Helitours   

Unsure 1997* - 1997*

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HolidayAir   

Not started (2006*)

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^ Genealogy : HolidayAir >AirSOUTHAsia >AirAsia Lanka

Jet Wing Airlines   

Unsure 2002* - 2003*

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Lankair   

Not started (2004)

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Lankan Cargo  updated

Renamed 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

Lionair (Lion Air)   

Inactive 1994 - 2006

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Mihin Lanka   

Inactive 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

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Monara Air   

Inactive 1996* - 1998

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Paradise Air   

Inactive 1998* - 2000

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PeaceAir   

Inactive 1999* - 1999*

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Ronan Air   

Not started (2006)

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Serendib Express  updated

Renamed 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

Simplifly (Millenium Airlines)  added

Active 2013 - date

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

^ Genealogy : Deccan Lanka >Simplifly

Sky Cabs   

Inactive 1991^ - 2000

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Sri Lanka International Airlines   

Renamed (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

SriLanka Cargo   

Active 2004* - date

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SriLankan   

Active 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

SriLankan Air Taxi   

Active 2003 - date

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Translankan Airlines   

Not started (2005)

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Upali Air   

Inactive 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

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Upali Aviation   

Unsure 1979* - 2011*

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