Palali to be developed for regional flights

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The government is to allocate Rs.two billion to develop the Palali airport runway in Jaffna as an initial step of using it for flight operations to regional destinations, particularly those in India, it is learnt.

The Northern Development Ministry is presently working out the Cabinet memorandum to be submitted for approval. The airport was widely used during the time of war to transport soldiers and military supplies.

Meanwhile, India offered to modernize the airport during the period of the former government.

According to the ministry sources, the Sri Lankan government will develop the runway. Later, the government is planning to seek assistance from India to develop it as an international airport to operate flights to regional destinations.

“There will be flight connectivity with some Indian cities,” a Ministry source said. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • sach Thursday, 24 January 2019 03:32 AM

    Ranil promised a new country and yes he is .....

    bandu Thursday, 24 January 2019 05:16 AM

    "coming colors no good" kella ganin ge athulata

    vinodh Thursday, 24 January 2019 05:01 PM

    why ? any development in the north is not good for the south

    Somapala Thursday, 24 January 2019 06:03 AM

    This devolopment would allow Indian Air Force to quickly transport thousands of Indian soldiers into Jaffna in just few hours. Idiots who can’t think strategically are running Sri Lanka.

    Kumara Thursday, 24 January 2019 03:55 PM

    IPKF did come within an hour after signing the accord in 1987. They could land even without developing the airport. You need to learn more.

    Namal Thursday, 24 January 2019 04:23 PM

    Dear Somapala, do not talk rubbish here. You are still living in a ice age. Indian Air Force do not need an International airport to transport soldiers. They can still use runways in North. But you cant forcibly enter in to a country.

    sunil Thursday, 24 January 2019 05:02 PM

    even without this development Indian air force can land not just in the north but also in the south

    Singh Thursday, 24 January 2019 08:55 PM

    As an Indian I am very pleased that we have good Sri Lankans like Kumara,Namal,and Sunil who appreciates our mighty Indian Air Force,in contrast to fools like Somapala.

    Gam Mirris Thursday, 24 January 2019 06:16 AM

    "End"ia should be kept out of all strategic development projects in the vital NE theater if we are to prevent the dismember of Lanka. This scheming parasite should be held at arms length ensuring zero footprint.

    Kossa Thursday, 24 January 2019 07:12 PM

    To win the war we begged India's help.Intelligence,radar facilities and planes. So whom do you want now. The Americance, British, Chinese or the Africans. Grow up man. People like you prevent development in SL.

    Asela Thursday, 24 January 2019 06:58 AM

    Yes we can bring more deugs and dirt from india

    Katu Thursday, 24 January 2019 02:31 PM

    You are bringing much more via Katunayake.

    gamini Thursday, 24 January 2019 05:04 PM

    and what comes in from Hambantota

    Junaa Thursday, 24 January 2019 06:49 PM

    it definitely caters more air crafts than MARA, some junkies already got paranoia about Indian involvement. we are the nation even can construct highways these days !!!

    Sach Thursday, 24 January 2019 08:57 PM

    Why can't Sri Lanka develop palali alone. Out of every one why India


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