- Published on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 12:46
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The construction work of the runway at Mattala International Airport is nearing completion. The project is being implemented under the Mahinda Chinthana initiative of “Winning The Blue Sky", with the aim of making Sri Lanka a major aviation hub in South Asia.
The total cost of the airport project is in the region of over 300 Million U.S.Dollars. Construction of the sub runaways connecting to three and half kilo meter main runway has also been started.
800 hectares will be developed under the first phase of the project. The new airport will have facilities to land 10 planes at a time, including the world’s largest aircraft Airbus A-380.
The main terminal building, under construction will have facilities for 1000 passengers at the peak time. It will be able to handle one million passengers annually.
Plane Spare Parts Assembling Center, Hotel School, Golf Ground, Two Five Star Hotels, Pilot Training School, Cargo Transport Terminal and a Plane Hanger are also being constructed at the site.
It is estimated that the new airport will provide 1,500 direct employment opportunities and 1,000 indirect employments upon completion.
The Airport will be opened by end of next year. (niz).