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Sri Lanka to construct 2nd airport at Mattala, Hambantota

23-Nov-2009 1:27 PM

Sri Lanka’s Minister for Ports and Aviation, Chamal Rajapaksa, announced plans to commence construction of USD200 million second airport at Mattala, Hambantota on 27-Nov-2009 (Daily News, 21-Nov-2009). The airport will be constructed in two phases on 2,000 ha of land. The first phase will cover 800 hectares, including a 3,500 m runway, taxiway and parking facilities, while the second phase over 1,200 ha will include aviation related facilities, MRO facilities, a pilots training centre and hotels. Phase I is scheduled for completion in 2011, with the commercial operations to commence in Dec-2011.