Sri Lanka to purchase more aircraft, expand the international airport

Oct 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka plans to add five more aircraft to its national aviation service within next five months, Minister of Civil and Aviation Priyankara Jayaratne has said.

Participating in a programme at the state-run radio Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, the Minister has revealed plans to purchase Three Airbus A320 aircraft and two more for long distance flights.

Two of the planes will be added to the service at the end of this year and other three will be obtained by March 2012.

The government plans to expand the fleet of 19 aircraft currently in service up to 30 in the next four years.

The Minister has indicated that the government has given priority to civil aviation under the Mahinda Chinthana vision and taken several measures to develop the aviation service.

He noted that 60 percent of the construction work of Sri Lankan’s second international airport at Mattala in Hambanthota district has already been completed and the airport will be opened for international flights at the end of 2012.

Meanwhile, Katunayake international airport will be expanded to facilitate the handling of modern Airbus A 380 aircraft.

The government is expanding air services to accommodate the increased influx of tourists to the country following the end of the war in May 2009.

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