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With the number of tourist arrivals set to increase, Tourism Promotion Minister John Amaratunga has requested the government to make arrangements to ready the Ratmalana Airport to handle international flight operations.

Minister Amaratunga told Daily Mirror that the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) would not be able to cope with the demands of having to cater to increased influx of tourists into the country.

“Until the BIA is expanded and developed we will have to come up with an alternate plan to ensure that we can handle the extra arrivals comfortably. We can easily land small aircraft at the Ratmalana Airport and for this to happen it would have to be developed. An aircraft with around 100 passengers on board, originating from nearby countries can land at the airport in Ratmalana,” he said.

Asked about the Mattala International Airport, he said it too would have to be used one day to accommodate the increase in incoming flights. “There is a lot of congestion being experienced at the BIA at present. That is why I suggested that we look at landing some flights in Ratmalana as an option,” he said.(Kelum Bandara)

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  • ANTON Monday, 04 September 2017 09:05 AM

    CAN'T THEY FIRST DO MODIFICATION WORK TO PETTAH BUS STAND FOR THE SAKE OF A VERY LARGE NUMBER OF POOR PEOPLE , IT IS LIKE A CATTLE HUT

    ranmala Monday, 04 September 2017 09:19 AM

    Well said

    Citizen Monday, 04 September 2017 10:49 AM

    no commission!!

    concern Monday, 04 September 2017 06:26 PM

    The poor citizens daily hardships are ignored and catering to the foreigners.

    Killa Monday, 04 September 2017 09:15 AM

    Why did MR waste 300 Million USD of loans when we had the Ratamala airport?

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 04 September 2017 09:40 AM

    Bcos his ego was larger than the issue of wasting public money.

    Sofia Monday, 04 September 2017 09:35 AM

    Ratmalana would be $100 million to upgrade - so 20% too small. Ahh at $300 million enough jam.

    mackie noohuthambi Monday, 04 September 2017 10:24 AM

    it is a good idea. the flights landing from madurai to katunakyake can be allowed to land in ratmalana airport. it will be an easy access to tourists to go from here to southern coastal tourists centre of moratuwa alutgama galle and matara. thinking postively and anternatively is the need of the hour instead of thinking otherwise. we welcome this idea.

    TONY Monday, 04 September 2017 10:57 AM

    THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE LONG TIME BACK AS MANY TOURISTS VISIT PLACES IN BENTOTA AND HIKKADUWA

    Trehan Munasinghe Monday, 04 September 2017 12:59 PM

    Good idea, please don't name it after some politician like the previous regime and those previous to the previous regime... Call It "International Airport Colombo" or Sri Lanka Airport Colombo

    Pramod Fernando Monday, 04 September 2017 02:31 PM

    Katunayake is Bandaranaike International Airport. Haven't you seen yet?

    sohan Monday, 04 September 2017 01:15 PM

    As my point of view... Sri Lanka should 1st have an express airport train service to Colombo Fort. From Fort the passengers can access to the entire county.A train every hour would be best... Before that the authorities should get the rail lines inside the airports arrival and departure lounges.

    Piyumi Fernando Monday, 04 September 2017 02:36 PM

    In many countries, the main airport is linked with a train service. Why not use the existing railway line to provide a 24 hour train service to and from Katunayake. The taxi services available at the airport may not like the idea, but a regular train service is a must.

    ceylon Monday, 04 September 2017 04:05 PM

    lanka need 3 international airports.invite private investors to build one for trincomalee and one for mathale. via DM Android App

    Chin Koon Monday, 04 September 2017 04:20 PM

    Congestion at BIA. . .?? What congestion...you ain't seeen nothin bro...:)

    AUSLANKA Monday, 04 September 2017 04:52 PM

    It is a good idea as long as they prepare a long term viable plan. Some of the budget airlines can use the airport to bring more tourist money to the country.

    idroos2002 Monday, 04 September 2017 04:58 PM

    This is not Dubai this is sri lanka .Lankawe

    Kamal Monday, 04 September 2017 11:52 PM

    Duty free eka welenawa. Katunayakath hariyata palanaya karanne ne.

    Liyanage Monday, 11 September 2017 08:48 AM

    It is essential( and Urgent) to add a second runway at Katunayaka Think of using Air Force runway or a new second one

    fuz Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:55 AM

    Idea good, but the main reason for this proposal had been already highlighted by the MP... i.e. "We can easily land small aircraft at the Ratmalana Airport and for this to happen it would have to be developed" which means SL got beg for the funds in the name of loans at higher interest rates. Has the minister got any statistics as to how many flights are landing at present vs in the past etc..???


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