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Reviewed on 11 Jan 2020
Sri Lanka’s main international airport, Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) sits 35kms north of Colombo in the area of Negombo. The airport is also known as Colombo International Airport, though it is officially called Bandaranaike International Airport after the former prime minister. The former airfield is now the busiest airport in the country.Don’t Miss
There are currently two terminals at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) with plans to add a new, more modern terminal to handle the influx in passenger traffic. Over 8,500,000 people pass through the airport each year, with it handling nearly 60,000 aircraft from over 30 airlines.
Two airlines operate out of Terminal 3, with flights to domestic destinations such as Dickwella, Koggala, Trincomalee and Sigiriya. International flights leave from Terminal 1 to a large number of destinations, including Delhi, Hong Kong, Singapore, Milan and Bangkok.
Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) is the largest airport in the country and therefore has plenty of facilities, including ATMs, currency exchange counters, telephone booths and a post office. There are also a couple of lounges with televisions, wireless internet and newspapers, as well as one business lounge with office equipment.Restaurants and Bars
There are a number of places to eat in all areas of the Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). There are known fast food chains, snack bars and sit down restaurants that serve Sri Lankan cuisine, as well as coffee/tea shops. All restaurants in the airport are open 24 hours a day to accommodate all flights. Those relaxing in one of the lounges can enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks.Shopping
Duty-free shops can be found in the arrivals and departures area of Terminal 1 and sell alcohol, tobacco, cosmetics and chocolate. Local tea and handicrafts are also available at the duty-free shops as well as at other souvenir shops throughout both terminal buildings.