Concessions To Use Mattala
By Indika Sri Aravinda
The government is to offer concessions to passengers who use the new Mattala international airport for their international flights.
Chairman of the Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited Prasanna Wickramasuriya said that the concessions will include cheaper air tickets by the airlines which have shown interest to land at Mattala.
Construction of the Mattala airport, Sri Lanka’s second international airport, is expected to be completed by the end of this year and it will be open to the public in January 2013.
“Three international airlines have so far shown interest to land at Mattala.
We hope to give concessions to the passengers so that they use the new airport,” Wickramasuriya told The Sunday Leader.
He said that the three international airlines have also agreed to sell their air tickets at a cheaper rate for the passengers boarding from Mattala.
The government has set a target of 400,000 passengers at the Mattala airport within the first year of operation, Wickramasuriya said.
He said that the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) at Katunayake draws 6.2 million passengers a year.
He said that with the end of the war there has also been an increase in the number of international flights using Sri Lanka’s airspace.
Wickramasuriya said that this has seen an increase in the revenue obtained by Sri Lanka from airlines.
Meanwhile the Ministry of Civil Aviation said that Korean Air has agreed to resume flights to Sri Lanka from mid-December.
Korean Air will operate an Airbus 330-300 aircraft thrice a week following discussions held between the Minister of Civil Aviation Priyankara Jayaratne and officials from Korean Airlines.