“Our” New Airport. Mattala


The New Mattala International Airport.
Just 2 Hrs. 30 Min. A?South of Arugam Bay

arugam.info reporters. shown here at the New Mattala Airport

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Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport awarded International Airport Certification

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will commission Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport on March 18. This is the second International Airport in Sri Lanka and the first ever Sri Lankan International Airport to be operated as an International Airport ‘from the day of commencing operations’, Civil Aviation Minister Priyankara Jayaratne said.

He was addressing a special press briefing at the Civil Aviation Ministry yesterday in connection with awarding International Airport Certification (certifications of compliance and certification of aerodrome) to the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. Minister Jayaratne said the BIA commenced operations in 1963, but received international status in 1968.

The Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport will be an International Airport from the first day of commencing operations.

This airport is not an experiment. It is a significant landmark in the journey of Sri Lanka towards becoming the aviation hub in Asia under Mahinda Chinthanaya – Vision for the Future.

The airport has a one million passenger handling capacity.

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Minister Jayaratne pointed out that the second phase of the development project will commence after March 18 which will give a handling of nine million passenger capacity by June 2015. After completion of its second phase, the Mattala international airport will handle five million passengers.

Once all development projects are completed, Sri Lanka’s International Airports will have the capacity of handling 21 million passengers annually.

Minister Jayaratne stressed that when the LTTE attacked the BIA, Sri Lanka lost billions of rupees due to flights being rerouted to India because Sri Lanka did not have another International Airport.

A similar situation will not arise hereafter.

Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lufthansa to set up a aircraft maintenance centre. This would bring a significant amount of income to Sri Lanka.

“The Opposition always saw the entire project from a negative point of view and made fun out of it. It did not stop there. They even tried to create religious conflicts in connection with expanding project.

The opposition spread fabricated stories stating that the Government will close down the BIA,” the Minister added.

“The Sri Lanka Civil Aviation Authority is in 19 place among 181 countries in the world, fourth place among 34 countries in the Pacific region and first place in South Asia, in it capability and carrying out its services/duties.

The certificates had been awarded to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport after conducting careful study for over two years on all functions, operations and human resources of the airport, connected institutions and services.

The Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport is capable of handling any emergency situation.

Civil Aviation Deputy Minister Geethanjana Gunawardena, Civil Aviation Ministry Secretary Dr. Ravindra Ruberu, Sri Lankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha Wickremesinghe, Civil Aviation Authority Chairman Gen. Rohan Daluwatte, Civil Aviation Director General H.M.C.Nimalsiri, Airport and Aviation Services Chairman Prasanna Wickramasuriya also spoke.

Courtesy : Daily News

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    Details Published on Saturday, 16 March 2013 10:07 Hits: 119

    SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, introduces new offers to Mattala, providing a great opportunity to all Sri Lankans to enjoy a domestic flying experience to the newly built Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA).

    The offer starts at LKR 4,999 for an economy class return air ticket, while the amount is only LKR 2,999 for one way trip. The business class fares will be LKR 16,200 and LKR 9,500 for a return and one way ticket respectively. This special offer is only valid till 31st of May 2013.

    For the first time, the travellers will be able to enjoy the comforts and services of an international flight, while flying to a domestic destination. SriLankan Airlines also offers convenient check-in options and on-board and ground handling services similar to those offered to travellers who leave for foreign destinations.

    Located within an easy distance to many aquatic and wildlife attractions, MRIA will provide the travellers quick access to Yala, Kumana and Udawalawe sanctuaries and the emerging whale watching hotspot in Mirissa.

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