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
Updates  

16 Nov 2017

AirAsia Group has approached the Sri Lankan government over a proposed new budget carrier - AirAsia Sri Lanka (Colombo Int'l) - in which the island's state would hold a majority 51% stake [added] [via ch-aviation]

25 May 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

31 Mar 2017

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

Ace Airtours   

Status : Active

Dates :

2010* - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Aero Lanka  last update: 21Apr2018

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2002* - 20010
Airline Code : QL : RLN
Genealogy : Serendib Express >Aero Lanka Airlines >Lankan Cargo >Cosmos Aviation
Comments : [Cosmos Aviation was formed as Serendib Express in 2002. Renamed to Aero Lanka Airlines & then Lankan Cargo before again to current name]
Aircraft : B.727-200F

Air Lanka  last update: 13Jun2018

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1979 - 1999
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Sri Lanka International Airlines >Air Lanka >SriLankan
Comments : Nil at this time - [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]
Aircraft : A.320 | L-1011 Tristar 100 | L-1011 Tristar 200 | L-1011 Tristar 50

Air Lanka International   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

2002 - 2002*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

AirAsia Lanka   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

2007 - 2009*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : HolidayAir >AirSOUTHAsia >AirAsia Lanka
Comments : AIRASIA LANKA was formed in 2004 as HOLIDAYAIR, this was then changed 2006 to AIRSOUTHASIA and to the current name in 2008
Aircraft : Nil at this time

AirAsia Sri Lanka  added: 16Nov2017

Status : Planned

Dates :

2018 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : AirAsia Group has approached the Sri Lankan government over a proposed new budget carrier - AirAsia Sri Lanka (Colombo Int'l) - in which the island's state would hold a majority 51% stake
Aircraft : Nil at this time

AirLanka   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2002)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

AirLanka Cargo   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1990* - 1990*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

AirSOUTHAsia   

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

2006 - 2008
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : HolidayAir >AirSOUTHAsia >AirAsia Lanka
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Cinnamon Air  last update: 01Mar2018

Status : Active

Dates :

2013 - date
Airline Code : C7 : CIN
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Cinnamon Air provides an Air taxi service. Cinnamon planned to initially operate from Colombo's Bandaranaike International airport to Batticaloa (BTC), Katugastota Polgolla Reservoir (KDZ), Koggala Galle (KCT), Sigiriya (GIU), Trincomalee China Bay (TRR) and Weerawila International (WRZ) competing on some of these routes with SriLankan Airlines (UL, Colombo Bandaranaike International (CMB)) subsidiary SriLankan Air Taxi (Colombo Bandaranaike International (CMB)).
Aircraft : Cessna 208 Caravan | Cessna 208 Grand Caravan

Cosmos Aviation  last update: 2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2016* - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Serendib Express >Aero Lanka Airlines >Lankan Cargo >Cosmos Aviation
Comments : Cosmos Aviation was formed as Serendib Express in 2002. Renamed to Aero Lanka Airlines & then Lankan Cargo before again to current name
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Deccan Lanka  last update: 2017

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

2004* - 2013
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Deccan Lanka >Simplifly
Comments : Simplifly (Millenium Airlines) was founded & started operations in 2004 as Deccan Lanka. Renamed in 2013
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Expo Aviation  last update: 07Apr2018

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1998 - 2001
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Expo Aviation >ExpoAir >FitsAir
Comments : FitsAir was formed in 1997 as Expo Aviation. Renamed to ExpoAir in 2001 and to current name in 2013 - It operates scheduled passenger service within Sri Lanka, as well as international cargo flights to several cities in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa
Aircraft : Antonov An-8 | An-12 | Ilyushin Il-18 | Antonov An-26

ExpoAir  last update: 07Apr2018

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

2001 - 2013
Airline Code : 8D : EXV
Genealogy : Expo Aviation >ExpoAir >FitsAir
Comments : FitsAir was formed in 1997 as Expo Aviation. Renamed to ExpoAir in 2001 and to current name in 2013 - It operates scheduled passenger service within Sri Lanka, as well as international cargo flights to several cities in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa
Aircraft : Fokker F27 | IL-18 | Douglas DC-8 | Fokker 27 | Airbus A330 | Airbus A340 | Cessna 208 Caravan

FitsAir (FITS Aviation)  last update: 07Apr2018

Status : Active

Dates :

2013 - date
Airline Code : 8D : EXV
Genealogy : Expo Aviation >ExpoAir >FitsAir
Comments : FitsAir was formed in 1997 as Expo Aviation. Renamed to ExpoAir in 2001 and to current name in 2013 - It operates scheduled passenger service within Sri Lanka, as well as international cargo flights to several cities in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa
Aircraft : McDonnell Douglas MD-82S | Ilyushin Il-18 | Douglas DC-8-63CF | Cessna Grand Caravan | ATR 72-200 | Fokker F27

Fly Southern  added: 2017 + last update: 03Jan2018

Status : Unsure if still planned

Dates :

(2017)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Fly Southern is a start-up cargo carrier to be based at Colombo Ratmalana (RML)
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Helitours   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1997* - 1997*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

HolidayAir   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2006*)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : HolidayAir >AirSOUTHAsia >AirAsia Lanka
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Jet Wing Airlines   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

2002* - 2003*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Lankair   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2004)
Airline Code : IL : LKN
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Lankan Cargo  last update: 2017

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

2010 - 2016*
Airline Code : QL : RLN
Genealogy : Serendib Express >Aero Lanka Airlines >Lankan Cargo >Cosmos Aviation
Comments : [Cosmos Aviation was formed as Serendib Express in 2002. Renamed to Aero Lanka Airlines & then Lankan Cargo before again to current name]
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Lionair (Lion Air)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1994 - 2006
Airline Code : LN : LEO
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Mihin Lanka  last update: 24Apr2018

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2007 - 2016
Airline Code : MJ : MLR
Genealogy : Nil tree
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
Aircraft : A.3210-200 | A.321-100 | F.27 Mk500

Monara Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1996* - 1998
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Paradise Air  last update: 13Feb2018

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1998* - 2000
Airline Code : RI : RPI
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Yak-40

PeaceAir   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1999* - 1999*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Ronan Air   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2006)
Airline Code : IL : LKN
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Serendib Express  last update: 2017

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

2002* - 2002*
Airline Code : QL : RNL
Genealogy : Serendib Express >Aero Lanka Airlines >Lankan Cargo >Cosmos Aviation
Comments : [Cosmos Aviation was formed as Serendib Express in 2002. Renamed to Aero Lanka Airlines & then Lankan Cargo before again to current name]
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Simplifly (Millenium Airlines)  added: 2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2013 - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Deccan Lanka >Simplifly
Comments : Simplifly (Millenium Airlines) was founded & started operations in 2004 as Deccan Lanka. Renamed in 2013
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Sky Cabs   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1991^ - 2000
Airline Code : 2E : SCB
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Sri Lanka International Airlines   

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

(1979)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Sri Lanka International Airlines >Air Lanka >SriLankan
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
Aircraft : Nil at this time

SriLanka Cargo   

Status : Active

Dates :

2004* - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

SriLankan   

Status : Active

Dates :

1999 - date
Airline Code : UL : ALK
Genealogy : Sri Lanka International Airlines >Air Lanka >SriLankan
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
Aircraft : Nil at this time

SriLankan Air Taxi   

Status : Active

Dates :

2003 - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Translankan Airlines   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2005)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Upali Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1968* - 1984
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
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
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Upali Aviation   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1979* - 2011*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time
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