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The Megapolis and Western Development Ministry announced that it had submitted a proposal to the government to build an airport within the Colombo Port premises.

The ministry believes that if this project becomes a reality, it would be the strongest port in the region.

Minister Champika Ranawaka said if the proposal is implemented within the next 10 years, the people would capable to airlift from the Colombo Fort without going to Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).

He also said the Eastern and Western terminals would be built within next five years making the Colombo harbour the strongest port in the region. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • Haramanis Monday, 24 July 2017 09:57 PM

    The Hon Minister is changing colours like a chameleon - there was a time when he vehemently opposed the Harbour City!!!

    James Alwis Monday, 24 July 2017 10:15 PM

    Can we clean up the garbage first ?

    Dudley Monday, 24 July 2017 10:20 PM

    Excellent idea. Please don't name it after any person. Just call it Colombo International airport.

    lkboy Tuesday, 25 July 2017 09:39 AM

    that is in Ratmalana.

    Name Tuesday, 25 July 2017 12:08 PM

    CRIA Champika Ranawaka Inter'l Airport

    カウ Thursday, 27 July 2017 07:07 AM

    CRAP (Champika Ranawaka AirPort)

    Snowy Monday, 24 July 2017 10:28 PM

    Hey man, why not take of from Colombo from a garbage heap. This is a possibility.

    champa Monday, 24 July 2017 10:56 PM

    Idea would be wonderful as long as there is no traffic build up in vicinity and no issues in take off and landing due to high rise buildings...... via DM Android App

    Brainmaster Monday, 24 July 2017 11:13 PM

    looks like a stupide idea via DM Android App

    Raj Nathan Tuesday, 25 July 2017 12:08 AM

    Minister, we have BIA, RATMALANA ,MATTALA. Spread it out. The country needs one in PALALY to be inter continental to serve NC ,E, and N PROVINCES. Raj.

    Kira Tuesday, 25 July 2017 12:17 AM

    Like a day dream ?

    ceylon Tuesday, 25 July 2017 12:25 AM

    this empty talker now nearly 3 years talking but didnt do anything.now talking airport.he cant keep clean the area his ministry operating. via DM Android App

    sach Tuesday, 25 July 2017 09:46 AM

    Isnt this what we have in Mattala?

    musthaq Tuesday, 25 July 2017 10:51 AM

    business Hub should be uplifted with extra facilities rather than building whole new city which in Sri Lankas case futile..and unfeasible

    MSD Tuesday, 25 July 2017 09:49 AM

    A metro transportation system in around Colombo is much more important that a airport within the port of Colombo.

    Prasad Tuesday, 25 July 2017 09:57 AM

    Ane mage kata.... Are there idiots in SL believing all these rubbish.

    banda Tuesday, 25 July 2017 10:03 AM

    weak leaders can only recognize by giving them the power

    Casanova Tuesday, 25 July 2017 10:42 AM

    Spend that money to clean the garbage and eradicate dengue, also try to bring down the cost of living please, ooopps I just remembered that I haven't paid my electricity bill as yet.

    gamini Tuesday, 25 July 2017 11:10 AM

    is this the need of the hour? when there are so many other pressing needs

    suresh Tuesday, 25 July 2017 11:11 AM

    where in the world have you seen an airport inside a port?

    alex Tuesday, 25 July 2017 11:12 AM

    at this rate I wouldn't be surprised if the minister announces the next plan is to build a port inside Katunayake airport

    Mohan Tuesday, 25 July 2017 11:15 AM

    Sounds like a bad idea. It would only increase the traffic congestion. What will happen to the BIA?Need to complete the light rail project first, ASAP.

    johan Tuesday, 25 July 2017 12:20 PM

    Bad idea for using such a valuable land for runways.Colombo is a business place.Re think of the proposal

    Gamini Lindagedera Tuesday, 25 July 2017 11:44 AM

    Hollow talks again. The real need is to move such facilities further away from Colombo to clear the mess to make the city livable. Besides, the planned Port city is only 1.5km wide at its widest stretch. Where on the earth are you going to put up an Airport runaway in that cramped space? And, operational facilities needed to run an Airport; unless he meant a small Runaway for small planes to ferry passengers between Port city and Katunayake. That seems possible though. Ideally, there should be a Metro between Port city and Airport.


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