Sri Lankan Airlines is to build a tourist hotel near the main International Airport at Katunayake.
Sri Lankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe said they are about to start building an airport hotel right opposite of the departure lounge. The site is an abandoned factory at an export processing zone near the airport that has been handed over to the national airline.
Mr. Wickremasinghe said the planned hotel would have at least 125 rooms. Sri Lanka’s is seeing a tourism boom with the end of its 30-year war in May 2009 which resulted in an immediate upturn in arrivals.
The country is facing a shortage of room to house the anticipated influx of visitors and many hotel companies are expanding and new hotels planned.
Mr. Wickremasinghe said Sri Lankan Airlines itself is expanding its fleet, having taken delivery of a new Airbus aircraft on Tuesday as part of a plan to double the fleet and add new destinations.