The foundation stone for the construction of the main passenger terminal building at the Mattala airport was laid today.
A selected bare land in Mattala is being developed for the construction of Sri Lanka’s second International Airport. It will be able to accommodate the world’s new massive aircraft.
Minister Priyankara Jayaratne said 40 percent of the work on the Airport has already been completed. The foundation stone for the passenger terminal was laid today. He was confident that the Airport will be ready by the end of 2012. The Minister added that they should express their gratitude to the President for making this project a reality.
With the successful launch of the construction work on the new Mattala Airport, the foundation stone was laid for a new passenger terminal of the Project. Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa and Minister Priyankara Jayaratne patronized in this function. After the laying of the foundation stone amidst religious blessings, the distinguished gathering observed the constructions in the location.
Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa said that factories will come up in the environs, in addition to tourist hotels. He was optimistic that this work would also be completed when the Airport is ready.
Chairman of the Airports and Aviation Services Authority Prasanna Wickremasuriya pointed out that that the Airport will have all facilities for the passengers. He noted that the Airport will depict Sri Lankan technology and identity.
The Government’s desire is to open the Airport for the world community after completing all construction work on by the year 2012.