The Sunday Leader

Airport expansion

The government is looking for funding worth Rs. 30-40 billion to double the Colombo Airport’s passenger capacity from the current six million to 12 million annually by 2020.

Last year some five million passengers passed through the Colombo Airport.

Funding under Japan’s 40th yen loan for this year could not be obtained due to other priorities of the Government, S.M.R. Rafeek , Project Engineer, Airport & Aviation Services, the state owned Government agency that owns and operates the Colombo Airport, told a seminar on Tuesday.

Those priorities were Eastern development and the building of roads.

He said that the Chinese weren’t approached, as they had already committed themselves to build the Southern Airport.

The design works of the airport expansion project has already been completed, which includes the construction of a new passenger terminal building and the capacity to accommodate eight aircraft. However the airport’s capacity to take in more aircraft is impinged because of limited runway capacity.

5 Comments for “Airport expansion”

  1. CALA

    This is another ‘BONUS’ for Rajapakse family.

    • Gerard

      So true! I am sure at the rate they have lined their pockets one of the Rajapakse’s can finace this single handed! Can’t they? A family private jet can’t be that far off ??? May the Raja’s rot in hell !!!!!

  2. Melbourne Watcher

    All these public projects MUST be transparent with exception to Military projects.

  3. Tharaka

    so what do they have to do. go to field and drive buffaloes!

  4. perera

    what is the link to see airport expansion program plan. because all given are in 2009. what is the correct one in 2012

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