SL to get third int'l airport

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Sri Lanka is to have a third International Airport that will be constructed in Hingurakgoda as per the master plan that had been drawn up for the development of Trincomalee, which was launched in Colombo yesterday.

The Hingurakgoda International Airport is in line with the vision highlighted in the plan to develop Trincomalee as the Eastern Gateway to Sri Lanka by the year 2050.

“Trincomalee would be re-positioned as the ‘Eastern Tourism Hub with increased regional connectivity realized through the Colombo-Trincomalee economic corridor development and the proposed Hingurakgoda International Airport,” the vision framework of the plan said.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the roadmap to develop Sri Lanka as the hub of the Indian Ocean will be completed with this master plan. “When Sri Lanka was a hub in the Indian Ocean in the old days there were several ports. Today we have focused on the Colombo Port and Hambantota. Colombo will be important with the development of the Western part of India as well as the development taking place in Iran. Ships which use the Suez Canal to get to countries such as Singapore go past Hambantota which thus makes developing the Southern Port even more important. Countries in the Bay of Bengal region will develop greatly within the next 20 years. Populations in that region will reach three billion by 2050. Therefore, we will have to develop Trincomalee as the Eastern gate,” he said. He said what was left now was for the government to come up with a development plan for Jaffna. (Yohan Perera)

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  • White Elephant Thursday, 12 July 2018 06:34 AM

    Another white elephant, similar to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. This one will get named Hingurakgoda Sirisena International Airport. That one is in Hambantota. This one is in Polonnaruwa. See the similarities.

    shan Thursday, 12 July 2018 10:09 AM

    Mattala is close to yala jungle , it would have been a success if it was built near galle . now nothern and eastern people need a airport and it will make sense to build one but the location must be strategically accessible by all .so it should be somewhere near vavuniya , anuradhapura or dambulla

    Rasika Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:22 AM

    One more similarity. Both are rice growing area. So both Airports can be used to store paddy.

    umen Thursday, 12 July 2018 03:21 PM

    Sri Lanka is like a tiny dot on the world map, doesn't matter where it is located, it is always advantage to have 2 international airports

    PJ ROy Friday, 13 July 2018 08:09 AM

    Not white elephant this time .... multicoloured so all get the pagas!!!

    C.K.Lankaputhra Thursday, 12 July 2018 06:35 AM

    Will name it as Sirisena international Airport.

    hun Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:29 AM


    observer Thursday, 12 July 2018 06:41 AM

    Who is going to pay when we are drowning in debt

    DJ Thursday, 12 July 2018 06:41 AM

    There seems to be a competition in building airports. This government ruined the national carrier further, reduced tourist arrivals to Lanka and now want to cater to Emirates and Qatar airlines

    Cobra Thursday, 12 July 2018 06:46 AM

    Another TOP priority for poor Lanka!!!

    Bombastic Thursday, 12 July 2018 06:48 AM

    And The Chinese will loan yet another piece of land from us when we can’t pay it back! Yippee...

    Aviator Thursday, 12 July 2018 06:55 AM

    Best 2nd tier international airport is Jaffna.

    Mm Thursday, 12 July 2018 06:57 AM

    I’m confused

    SLPF Thursday, 12 July 2018 07:00 AM

    Please do not develop another Air Port in the thick jungles or forests in Hingurakkgoda. It will again damage the Environment and disturb wild life like it has already done in Hambantota.. Please learn through your mistakes and do not repeat.

    Wise Donkey Thursday, 12 July 2018 07:04 AM

    We have an active one on late Bandaranaike's name, another almost dead one on Mahinda's name, now another one on our president Sirisena's name? Do we need so many airports?

    Jaliya Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:23 AM

    Wise, We don't think we do ... but Sirisena does !! He think three is better than two ... anyway to transfer your wisdom in to his deadhead ?

    Not for us Thursday, 12 July 2018 07:14 AM

    2050, most of us, including the Prime Minister, would not be alive to see the developments, sad.

    Rahul Thursday, 12 July 2018 08:38 AM

    While elephant only way is to develop Palaly as intl will make profitable but SL govt or its people not support this cos one day it will not belong to them as its not a secular state

    goonbag Thursday, 12 July 2018 08:43 AM

    what will happen to the air force base at hingurakgoda

    Jaliya Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:12 AM

    The AF base would be sold with all personnel to serve Chinese food. Surrounding forestry is cut and hand made hardwood chopstick's would be manufactured under a special hi-tech manufacturing program ... this would ensure our unemployment issues are sorted.

    Gillian Kumar Thursday, 12 July 2018 08:50 AM

    Before building airports, it s better to do up the road properly without the adhoc manner in which they are done now especially the repairs so that when there is even a small shower all the roads are flooded and therefore hazard.Further, there should be proper pavements for pedestrians to walk on.

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 12 July 2018 08:56 AM

    Even just mentioning the idea of a 3rd International airport by our humbug leaders just shows the audacity and arrogance they live in.

    Yohan Silva Thursday, 12 July 2018 09:02 AM

    It would be a better idea to build an airport in kandy or matale it will develop the country in more means and kandy and matale will be accessible by the districts since it is in the center of the country and most flights to south east asian countries pass right through the middle of the country

    Sangaralingham Thursday, 12 July 2018 09:06 AM

    Airport for tourists rich lankans. Rest want good educational facilities hygienic environment with clean sanitation good drinking water reasonable medical care

    MP Thursday, 12 July 2018 09:08 AM

    Who is benefiting ? Whose money? Is it a priority? All these are done to allow government robbers to rob.

    Liberal One Thursday, 12 July 2018 09:11 AM

    contrarily to the popular belief these days you can't develop a country without putting infrastructure in place. This is a good project indeed.

    kumara alwis Thursday, 12 July 2018 09:13 AM

    Why Hingurakgoda?? There is an air port in Trincomalee.And lots of space too.When think about development companies want to cut travel time / cost which also counted as 'money' on major projects or businesses.

    Dalu Banda Thursday, 12 July 2018 09:13 AM

    This is a paddy growing areas . While planning, we better have some facilities to store paddy harvest,

    Leo Thursday, 12 July 2018 10:07 AM

    We will be dead and gone our children taxed to pay the debt.

    Sujeeva Thursday, 12 July 2018 10:22 AM

    Master Plan ? What nonsense ??

    kokila Thursday, 12 July 2018 10:56 AM

    Sri Lanka is a small country having more international airports are just a waste of money and resources. check India and how far from one airport to another! it's more than Sri Lanka's whole length. What the governments doing to this country?

    Rasheed Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:18 AM

    Nobody is worried about the country's economy, only worried about filling their pockets.

    Palaly Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:18 AM

    I am appaled at this gevernments intentions. It will definitely be a white elephant. Convert Palay into an international airport. Its 250 miles from Colombo. Its not going to cost much as there is already a good run way with sea approach. This country is being ruined by politicians.

    NEW AIRPORT Friday, 13 July 2018 08:13 AM

    and continue to be ruining. Make BIA airport at world standard, so embarrassment every time you travel via BIA; one of the worst airport and its staff specially Immigration officials who never smile or say hello thanks

    ND Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:19 AM

    Another white elephant to earn commissions!! Instead of modernizing the main BIA, they are planning to build a new airport!! All to get commissions nothing else and we poor citizens will have to pay the thundering loans!! Honestly, where are we heading with these rulers of our country???

    Lankan Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:32 AM

    Why aren't you developing the airport in Jaffna? is this because it is in the north?

    Pacha bahu Thursday, 12 July 2018 04:37 PM

    We will build the airport from the sale of Kurundu like king Parakramabahu. And will fill it with Dandu Monaras from the nearby jungle

    shan Thursday, 12 July 2018 04:44 PM

    srilanka badly needs another paddy storage facility, so the govt. is building an airport to serve this purpose

    World Thursday, 12 July 2018 06:05 PM

    Something is really wrong with Sri Lankan so called government/ leaders. Don't they ever learn any lessons from the past?

    Soam Friday, 13 July 2018 07:23 AM

    Government make these promises based on limited or misleading information for political gains. Is there a logic behind this billion Rs infrastructure spending. Tax payers of Sri Lanka need to ask this question.

    Warren Raed Friday, 13 July 2018 06:09 PM

    Hingurakgoda Mithripala International Airport. Mahin Air.First Bandaranaike, then Rajapakse and now Maithripala International Airport.

    Namo namo Friday, 13 July 2018 07:35 PM

    SL should go on a march on a specified day all over SL to stop Hingragoda airport.

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