Sri Lanka opens third international airport

Sri Lanka opened its third international airport yesterday, paving the way for travellers to fly into the Northern Peninsula of the island.

An ATR 72-600 aircraft carrying the Air India Chairman and Alliance Air CEO amongst other staff and journalists, was welcomed at the Jaffna International Airport (JIA) with a water salute and great enthusiasm for the possibilities ahead.

The JIA was previously known as Palaly Airport and was primarily used as a military airbase and for domestic flights. Further construction is due to take place over two more phases with the next three months focusing on extending the current runway.…

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Travel times to shorten significantly with construction of Batticaloa domestic airport

Despite being once described by Sir Arthur. C Clarke as “a small universe [that] contains many variations of culture, scenery, and climate as some countries a dozen its size”, Sri Lanka can sometimes be quite tricky to navigate, despite its relatively small size.

More often than not it requires an overnight stopover in order to travel to the pristine beaches on the Eastern coast from the West.

That might soon change, for the wealthier at least, after construction of a domestic airport in the eastern town of Batticaloa began recently.

The project which is estimated at USD 6 million will consist of a 1700-metre long tarmac strip and a single terminal that will facilitate travel to eight other domestic airports that are being planned across the island.…

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