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Aviation Minister said that the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) would be shut down in the nights.

At a media briefing held in Colombo Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said they would have to take such a step as Mattala did not generate any income.

"We are having discussions to close Mattala Airport during the night. The government has to spend about Rs. 250 million for maintenance. This maintenance has to be done at the cost of our tax payers," he said.

However the Minister said they had no intentions to shut down the Airport completely.

"The airport will not be shut down completely. We are keeping it to be used if needed,” he said.

“We are having discussions with investors either to use it as a workshop hangar or to do aircraft maintenance," he said. (Chathushika Wijeyesinghe and Indika Sri Aravinda)
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  • simon Tuesday, 03 March 2015 05:27 PM

    If you change the name you may get some revenue !

    Maina Tuesday, 03 March 2015 05:33 PM

    Aiyo Salli!!!

    kan Tuesday, 03 March 2015 05:35 PM

    It was an white elephant project by MR regime, change the name immediately.

    Muththa Tuesday, 03 March 2015 05:35 PM

    I think it should be closed and used for something else before a bird strike lead to a crash and a huge disaster.

    Farook Tuesday, 03 March 2015 05:56 PM

    Ideal for a race track!

    Labby Tuesday, 03 March 2015 06:05 PM

    All the animals and birds in the sanctuary nearby must be saying a prayer of thanksgiving.

    Andy Tuesday, 03 March 2015 06:23 PM

    At least the bats will fly

    Rajasinghe Wednesday, 04 March 2015 01:15 PM

    Do the same for Floating Market, Arcade, Race Course etc. the so called urban development projects.


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