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The renovated runway of the Batticaloa Domestic Airport was declared open by President Maithripala Sirisena today.

An SLAF MA-60 aircraft carrying President Maithripala Sirisena landed on the airstrip to mark the commissioning of the runway.

Renovation of the airstrip was initiated in December 2012 by Ministry of Civil Aviation and the extension of the runway from 1070 meters to 1560 meters long was assigned to the Road Development Authority (RDA). However, the renovation was stopped in November 2015 after completing the work up to 60 percent.

On the request made by Sri Lanka Air Force, a Cabinet decision was taken on 17 December 2015 to entrust the construction of the runway by the Air Force on 12 January 2016. Total cost of the renovation and the newly constructed passenger terminal building is Rs. 1,143 Million.

The Batticaloa Airport now comes under the Civil Aviation Authority.

Pix by Jawferkhan

  Comments - 13

  • C.K.Lsnkaputhra Monday, 11 July 2016 06:10 AM

    Should this be kept unopened till the the previous government come back to power?

    Lal Monday, 11 July 2016 09:15 AM

    So its okay for MR to open what Premadasa or CBK started but not MS?

    Harry Monday, 11 July 2016 05:53 PM

    Meeharako,Read the report carefully! The name suits you very well.

    kk Sunday, 10 July 2016 03:53 PM

    MR stoned MS declared via DM Android App

    Lasantha Jayasinghe Sunday, 10 July 2016 04:27 PM

    Another shameless opening of a work done by the previous government.

    Sharon Sunday, 10 July 2016 04:32 PM

    At least they completed this which was started by MR. Thanks via DM iOS App

    Dellon Sunday, 10 July 2016 04:48 PM

    I have not seen anything done by this Gov yet. All were previews initiated once.. Shame!!!!!!!!!

    meeharaka Sunday, 10 July 2016 05:27 PM

    Stoned only, no work..

    Rom Sunday, 10 July 2016 05:34 PM

    Worth every penny!!

    Harry Sunday, 10 July 2016 06:14 PM

    Another opening - works of previous regime.

    Eddi Sunday, 10 July 2016 08:02 PM

    Ok now what? They opened a airport. Who and where are the local operators? Who can afford to fly? Aircraft purchase restrictions are still a security concern. Don't see the point in all this. Another waste of money.

    Lal Sunday, 10 July 2016 08:25 PM

    MS did with less cost and didnt MR open what CBK or RW started?

    good Monday, 11 July 2016 02:45 AM

    Without any dirty political agenda, the government took forward the GOOD work done by previous government.


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