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Sri Lankan plans airport hotel

Jul 22, 2010 3:50:55 AM - thesundayleader.lk

Sri Lankan Airlines is still in the ‘feasibility stage’ of a project involving the construction of a hotel located just outside the airport, a spokesman from the national carrier said.

Sri Lankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha Wickremesinghe earlier announced plans to build an airport hotel directly in front of the departure lounge, on an abandoned factory site. He added the hotel would have at least 125 rooms, to cater to an influx of tourists following the end of the war.

However the spokesman was quick to assert that the airline merely intended to build the hotel, and had to look at various aspects before finalising the project.

Sri Lankan Airlines has already announced plans for expansion. Just two days ago, a new Airbus A330 was added to the carrier’s fleet. Chairman Wickremesinghe has spoken of further expansion plans, including increasing it’s network, to be put in place as soon as next month, according to the airline spokesman.