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Parliament, Nov. 29 (Daily Mirror)- At least seven investors have made offers to develop the Mattala International Airport into a profit-making venture, Minister of Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva told Parliament today.

The Minister said there have been offers to start up assembling and repairing aircraft at Matala Airport.

"The losses of Mattala Airport have been reduced to Rs 1.5 billion and is the lowest losses since the airport started operations," the Minister said.


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  • Rip Winkle Wednesday, 29 November 2023 03:38 PM

    Names! Names! Names! And if this true, have you already settled on how much kappan you'll be asking?

    Lanak Wednesday, 29 November 2023 04:07 PM

    Oh my God . We did not think properly before we started this project. MR and co misused their power to build at this venue...why didn't do a good study before you send the public money ..if only we have a good legal system or judiciary or goof judges with braveness these politicians must be behind the bar for their political negligee and misuse of power . Who advised MR and co to build this here in this remote area .? Did they seek professional advice ? Instead of this we could have developed Jaffna airport or some other profit making airport in a right place .. MR and co might have good intention but their venue is a wrong place right now. .it can be good place in 25 years with increasing international travel . But for the time being it is not good at all.. Let now the minister work hard to make it a profitable one . This is an eye opening for them not to make any mistake like this

    NImal Thursday, 30 November 2023 03:53 AM

    Just imagine, if the billions of dollars wasted on this white elephant project had instead been invested on the existing airport at Katunayake. We would today have a modern world class airport instead of an outdated tin shack.

    lali Wednesday, 29 November 2023 04:07 PM

    Another method to make money

    Ram Wednesday, 29 November 2023 04:16 PM

    Oh dear, the offers have come to the profit making machine called "Siripala" Sometime back a Japanese offer came to this profit making machine, the machine misfired and offer withdrawn by the Japs. Our Prez is still trying to push it through. Shame

    Tissa Fernando Wednesday, 29 November 2023 04:20 PM

    This guy is now going to sell the Airport as well. What a bunch of thieves are they?

    Lion Wednesday, 29 November 2023 05:09 PM

    Siripala May have already negotiated with those investors as to the cut he gets if the investment go through.

    N V Jen Wednesday, 29 November 2023 05:10 PM

    Well, evaluate all and select the best option while giving priority to environmental considerations. For God's sake, never give priority for underhand commission. The airport itself is mired with commission allegation and is doomed.

    Aviation specialist Wednesday, 29 November 2023 06:01 PM

    Forget Mattala . Please don’t flog a dead horse. Close it down completely.

    ACA Wednesday, 29 November 2023 06:27 PM

    Why wait ? Negotiating the bribes??

    Citizen Wednesday, 29 November 2023 07:58 PM

    Only in Sri Lanka our politicians first take loan, build and then think what to do with this. How funny is this, why are these not considered as crime and politicians punished. This is a misconduct of public funds. it should be criminal act.

    Rishan Wednesday, 29 November 2023 10:54 PM

    Better give it to à globally recognise flying school so that we can produce quality PPL and CPL licences pilots....

    Saman Thursday, 30 November 2023 11:15 AM

    Multi-billion dollar investment flop handed out to a flying school? Yeah, right.

    Buddhist Wednesday, 29 November 2023 11:12 PM

    Who in this group is going to give the biggest commission to the Minister?

    Socrates Thursday, 30 November 2023 02:24 AM

    Fundamental Reason for these white elephant projects completed by MR

    jengh Thursday, 30 November 2023 06:12 AM

    china is opening a commercial flight training school in mattala soon, at least someone will make use of it

    Sambo Thursday, 30 November 2023 07:20 AM

    Believe me this air port is a waste to space and built just to make a fast buck and a name of a family.

    Gamini Thursday, 30 November 2023 08:55 AM

    where are all those people who hailed MR's decision to build this airport at Mattala claiming it will boost tourism in the south

    Hungalle Siripala Thursday, 30 November 2023 02:58 PM

    Hurray, Pagapala! Now earn for the next generation or grand children of your clans/children!


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