It seemed like a good idea at the time, building an international airport in 2013 on the southern coast of Sri Lanka near  Hambantota, the home town of then Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

But Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport has turned out to be a waste of an estimated $270 million, money the island nation cannot afford.

It’s been unpopular with airlines right from the start and on Monday, Flydubai, the last carrier flying there, serviced the destination for the final time, citing a lack of passengers and costly bird strikes.

See TTG Asia story.

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