Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport in Mattala would be turned into a joint venture between Sri Lankan Aviation Authority and Indian Aviation Authority within three months, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe came up with this information at a ceremony held to mark the inauguration of construction work of proposed oil refinery and the cement factory in Hambantota this morning.
“Sri Lankan and Indian Aviation Authorities will launch the joint venture and make the Mattala International Airport profitable within three months.
“The airport will not be used to store paddy anymore,” the Prime Minister said.
Oman Minister of Oil and Gas Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhi said he was happy and excited about the oil refinery project in Sri Lanka.
He said this project would enhance the long relationship enjoyed by the two countries.(Yohan Perera)