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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March 31, 2017Fly Southern is a start-up cargo carrier to be based at Colombo Ratmalana (RML)  [added]
November 3, 2016Mihin Lanka was formed on 27Oct2006 by the Sri Lankan government, ceased operations on 29Oct2016 [status change]
June 3, 2016FitsAir was formed in 1997 as Expo Aviation [added]
AirlineOperating DatesStatus

Ace Airtours   

2010* - dateActive

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Aero Lanka   

2002* - 2009*Inactive

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

Air Lanka   

1979 - 1999Renamed

^ 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   

2002 - 2002*Status?

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AirAsia Lanka   

2007 - 2009*Status?

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^ Genealogy : HolidayAir >AirSOUTHAsia >AirAsia Lanka

AirLanka   

(2002)Began?

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AirLanka Cargo   

1990* - 1990*Status?

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AirSOUTHAsia   

2006 - 2008Renamed

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^ Genealogy : HolidayAir >AirSOUTHAsia >AirAsia Lanka

Cinnamon Air   

2013 - dateActive

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Deccan Lanka  updated

2004* - 2013Renamed

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

^ Genealogy : Deccan Lanka >Simplifly

ExpoAir   

2001 - 2013Renamed

^ Comments : FitsAir was formed in 1997 as Expo Aviation

^ Genealogy : Expo Aviation >ExpoAir >FitsAir

FitsAir (FITS Aviation)   

2013 - dateActive

^ Comments : FitsAir was formed in 1997 as Expo Aviation

^ Genealogy : Expo Aviation >ExpoAir >FitsAir

Fly Southern  added

2017 >Planned

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

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Helitours   

1997* - 1997*Status?

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HolidayAir   

(2006*)Began?

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^ Genealogy : HolidayAir >AirSOUTHAsia >AirAsia Lanka

Jet Wing Airlines   

2002* - 2003*Status?

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Lankair   

(2004)Began?

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Lankan Cargo   

2010 - dateActive

^ Comments : Lankan Cargo was formed as Serendib Express in 2002

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

Lionair (Lion Air)   

1994 - 2006Inactive

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Mihin Lanka   

2007 - 2016Inactive

^ 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   

1996* - 1998Inactive

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Paradise Air   

1998* - 2000Inactive

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PeaceAir   

1999* - 1999*Inactive

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Ronan Air   

(2006)Began?

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Serendib Express   

2003* - 2004*Renamed

^ Comments : Lankan Cargo was formed as Serendib Express in 2002

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

Simplifly (Millenium Airlines)  added

2013 - dateActive

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

^ Genealogy : Deccan Lanka >Simplifly

Sky Cabs   

1991^ - 2000Inactive

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Sri Lanka International Airlines   

(1979)Renamed

^ 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   

2004* - dateActive

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SriLankan   

1999 - dateActive

^ 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   

2003 - dateActive

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Translankan Airlines   

(2005)Began?

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Upali Air   

1968* - 1984Inactive

^ 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   

1979* - 2011*Status?

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