ECONOMYEXT – Sri Lanka’s upgraded Palaly airport in the Northern Jaffna peninsula will be able to accommodate regional airliners from the Indian subcontinent from September, State Minister for Civil Aviation Ashoka Abeysinghe said.
"The runway will be able to accommodate aircraft carrying about 70 passengers," Minister Abeysinghe said.
"We hope to have the first flight by September."
He said there was potential to start scheduled flights to destinations like Chennai.
Sri Lanka has just kicked off a 2.0 billion rupee upgrade to the airport that will see a renovated runway, a better terminal and a temporary air traffic control tower being set up.
There is space to build 3,800 metre runway that an accommodate Airbus A320 size short haul aircraft but only 2,300 metres will be brought to required civil aviation standards by September he said.
Sri Lanka’s Road Development Authority was building a new access road from Thelippily to the airport at Palaly, Minister Abeysinghe said. (Colombo/July28/2019)