Prime Minister observes development work of Batticaloa International Airport

Prime Minister observes development work of Batticaloa International Airport

Oct 05, 2019

Colombo (Sri Lanka) Oct 05: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Friday (04) inspected the development work of the Batticaloa International Airport.
The Cabinet of Ministers recently granted approval to develop the Batticaloa Airport, which was opened for civil aviation in 2018 as an international airport.
Speaking to media at the venue, the Premier said the Batticaloa Airport is being developed as a measure to improve the economy in the district and generate new revenue streams.
The best program near Batticaloa to improve the economy in the district in short term is tourism and to develop tourism industry, tourists and in order to attract tourists the Batticaloa airport should be developed, the Prime Minister explained.
The Batticaloa airport is located at a distance of 2.4 km from the town of Batticaloa. The runway has a length of 1,066 meters and a width of 46 meters. The airport's runway lighting system and the new passenger terminal were upgraded at a cost of Rs 1.4 billion, the Prime Minister's Office said.
The airport has already been opened for domestic civilian flights and will be open for international flights in the near future.
The Premier said the Palaly Airport in Jaffna is also being developed. The once military airport will be renamed as the Jaffna International Airport and will opened for services from mid-October. The first flight to the airport will be arrived on October 17 from India. Two Sri Lankan companies have already expressed interest in operating flights to the airport.
With the recent developments of regional airports and their transformation into international airports, five international airports are scheduled to operate in Sri Lanka- Colombo (Katunayake), Hambantota (Mattala), Jaffna (Palaly), Batticaloa and Ratmalana.
Source: Colombo Page