Apr 14, Colombo: The government plans to complete the construction of Sri Lanka’s second international airport in Mattala of Hambanthota district by the end of the next year.
The first aircraft is expected to land at the new international airport by the end of 2012, the state-run radio SLBC said.
The foundation stone for the passenger terminal at the new airport Hambanthota district will be laid on April 25th with the participation of parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, the Minister of Civil Aviation Priyankara Jayaratne has said.
According to the Minister the new terminal will be constructed with state-of-the-art facilities. Currently, about 80 percent of the construction work related to the runaway has been completed.
The Minister has said that the government plans to enhance the air services between Sri Lanka and other countries, and also to increase the frequencies of air services between India and Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka cabinet recently approved a new air services agreement with the United Kingdom to increase present frequency of flights from 14 to 21 every week.
Sri Lanka recently inked an agreement with Kenya to allow Kenyan airlines to launch direct flights to Colombo.
Sri Lanka has also secured the opportunity of operating direct air services between Canada and Sri Lanka, the Minister revealed.
The new airport is expected to handle the anticipated increase in tourist arrivals to the country in the future.