Sri Lanka’s Mattala airport handles 2739 passengers in 2015

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Chinese built aiport in Mattala in Hambantota handled 2,379 passengers in 2015 down from 20,474 a year earlier, official data showed.

Total cargo handled was 1.2 metric tonnes, down from 68.9 metric tonnes a year earlier, the central bank said in its annual report.

The central bank in its annual report said aircraft movements fell to 906 from 2,329 a year earlier.

From February 2015, after loss-making state carrier SriLankan Airlines stopped operations to the airport, activity had fallen sharply.

The new administration is trying to get a Chinese company involved in its operation to help service the debt taken to build it.

The airport was built on a turnkey contract by China, but the loan has to be serviced by state-run Airport and Aviation Services Ltd.


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