Sri Lanka’s Mattala airport to offer aircraft parking

ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka will soon offer aircraft parking services from the country’s second international airport in Mattala, Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said.

State-run Airport and Aviation Services making loan repayments of 2.5 billion rupees a year for the Chinese built and financed airport, he said. There were 576 workers in the airport but aircraft movements are few and far between.

"We want to offer aircraft parking services, at this airport," he told parliament on December 09. "We need to keep the airport operating as the alternative airport to divert aircraft."

Long-term aircraft parking is offered at little used airports for operators who want to keep equipped that has taken off service especially during slumps. Regular airlines as well as aircraft leasing companies need long term parking for aircraft.

Minister de Silva said opportunities will also be given for flying schools and a maintenance services to be offered from the airport.

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