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The main runway of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) Katunayake would become operational on Thursday, April 6, the Civil Aviation and Transport Ministry said today.

Srilankan Airlines’ newly purchase UL-1162 aircraft would make the first landing at the renovated runway, the Ministry said.

The airport’s main runway was closed for renovations on January 6. The airport functioned only eight hours each day (From 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.).

Ministry said UDS 50 million allocated to the constructions and when the constructions was completed the existing runway from 65 metres will be widen to 75 metres. “It would also allow for large aircraft such as the A-380 to use the airport,” ministry said.

The renovations of the runway was carried out by the Netherlands and the runway is now fitted with the LED lighting system, enabling the airport to operate even under severe weather condition, the Ministry said.

The renovated runway is scheduled to be commissioned by Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva and Deputy Minister Ashok Abeysinghe.

Earlier, the Ministry said under Phase II of the project, new terminals would be constructed in a new building, when the renovation of the runway was completed.

The project is scheduled to begin in July and tenders had already been called for the project.(Darshana Sanjeewa)

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  • mahinda Tuesday, 04 April 2017 07:39 PM

    Kudos!!! for completing on time as planned.

    cedricillasinghe Wednesday, 05 April 2017 03:14 AM

    MINISTRY ALLOCATED $50 MILLION FOR PROJECTREAL COST OF PROJECT $5 MILLION. $45 MILLION INTO FOREIGN $ BANK ACCOUNTS OFCORRUPT POLITICIANS .

    loui Tuesday, 04 April 2017 12:28 PM

    Well done! and thank you!

    Kaboos Wednesday, 05 April 2017 08:30 AM

    congratulations and my best wishes for completing the project as per schedule. Well done.

    cheers Tuesday, 04 April 2017 01:19 PM

    what was the actual cost of the tender and how much you made it from the tender? tax payers would like to ask this like what we asked from Rajapakse

    dham Tuesday, 04 April 2017 01:31 PM

    Long delayed project congrats all contributed. Where is our commission mama. via DM Android App

    Appu Tuesday, 04 April 2017 02:25 PM

    late but better than never via DM Android App

    Dee Wednesday, 05 April 2017 10:59 AM

    Why on earth did we invest on a fully fledged airport in a jungle when we could have done this years back?Anyway, who wants to fly from mattala?

    mahinda Wednesday, 05 April 2017 11:08 AM

    Cedricillasinhe who says its only $5m must be a previous gov contractor who knows all the accounting of projects during that time.


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