Sri Lanka’s Mattala airport use halves in 2018

ECONOMYNEX T – Sri Lanka’s Mattala international airport has seen aircraft movements halve to 709 in 2018, or less than one landing and take-off a day, official data showed.

Passenger handling had dropped 86 percent to 2,258 persons and cargo had dropped 63 percent to 179 metric tonnes, Central Bank data showed.

Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport in Mattala is one of the least utilized in the world, and is now mostly used to divert aircraft when there is bad weather north of Colombo, where the main airport in located.

The airport was built with Chinese debt on a design build transfer contract by a Chinese company and the debt is now a burden on the airport agency.

Sri Lanka has been in talks with India for a joint venture to operate it. (Colombo/May04/2019-SB)

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