ECONOMYNEXT – The success of operations at the country’s northern international airport demonstrate its increasing prominence, the aviation minister has said.
“The operations at Palali International Airport continue to demonstrate remarkable success. The flight operations between Madras and Palali, which are scheduled three times a week, have already completed a total of 200 flights, underscoring the airport’s increasing prominence and efficiency,” Nimal Siripala de Silva said.
Silva, the Minister of Port, Shipping and Aviation, highlighted the airport’s efficiency in handling air travel and its increasing significance during a news briefing held at the President Media Centre (PMC) on Monday (9).
A passenger ferry service is to recommence today (10) connecting India’s Nagapattinam and Sri Lanka’s Kankesanthurai (KKS).
Sri Lanka is expecting to widen tourism and trade links with the start of the ferry service.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe has said it was important to improve air and sea connectivity in the northern region.
These plans include enhancing the KKS Harbour, and the Vavuniya and Palali Airports.
The island’s northern airport was built by the Royal Air Force during World War II and was used by the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) as a military airbase during the country’s civil war.
In 2018, SLAF was given a 1,965 million rupee contract to upgrade the airport for commercial flights on a proposal put forward by then ministers Silva and Wickremesinghe.
Silva has also mooted the possibility of resuming the ferry between Talaimannar and Dhanushkodi. (Colombo/Oct10/2023)