Phase I construction of Maththala airport in Sri Lanka to be completed by 2012

6 December 2010

The construction of the first phase of the Maththala International Airport project in Sri Lanka is slated to be completed by 2012.

The airport project will include a 3,500m runway with a 75m width to accommodate landing and take-off of large aircraft. The passenger terminal building, featured with an advanced baggage system, has capacity to manage one million passengers per year from the outset.

The construction of airport also include the a 41m traffic control tower, a cargo handling terminal adjacent to the airport and two aero bridges with air navigational aid. The construction cost of the project is estimated at $190 million.

The new airport will also involve a fuel rescue and fire rescue unit and a jumbo jet passenger terminal. A concessionary loan has been extended by EXIM bank for the construction of the airport. Upon completion, the airport will crate about 11,500 direct and indirect jobs.