Sri Lanka to build second runway at Katunayake international airport

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka plans to build a second runway at its main airport, the Bandaranaike International Airport, Shibly Aziz, chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority said.

“The BIA needs to be expanded as a commercial hub,” Aziz told EconomyNext.com. “If so, it is imperative there should be a second runway.”

The BIA at Katunayake, north of the capital Colombo, handles almost all scheduled commercial flights.

Aziz said the government wants to build a second runway as soon as possible as passenger and freight traffic was growing but said a timeframe had not yet been decided.

The planned second runway will be capable of handling the Airbus A380 aircraft, the world’s biggest commercial passenger jet.

Sri Lanka’s air travel industry was now recovering after the end the war, Aziz told a meeting of the Asia-Pacific aircraft accident investigation group of the International Civil Aviation Organization hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority that began in Colombo Tuesday.

“Now we’re on a trajectory of quick growth. We wish to catch up on lost time.

”There has been a steep spike in arrivals, more hotels are being built, there are more airline arrivals, and more investors are showing interest in Sri Lanka.”
 

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