New Airports to build in Sri Lanka

Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation said an airport was to be constructed in Haputale under a scheme to develop domestic air travel in the country very soon. As per the budge reading there are 4 new airports to be build in Srilanka for focusing more into tourism and local transport. Such as Haputale, Puttalam, Hinguragoda and Kandy.

As stated, above 4 highlight locations are main attraction of tourist itinerary, therefore the government is more focus to setting up these airport to boost the tourism segment in Sri Lanka to handle 4 Million travelers by 2020.

The airport would consist of a brand new airport terminal and a runway which would measure 1.2 km in length and 75 m in width. The cost of the project was estimated to be in the region of Rs. 700 million. The airport would be a boon to the area frequented by tourists, both local and foreign who visit Ella, Bandarawela, Nuwara-eliya, Badulla and Diyathalawa.

But in most common observation, only a small portion of the tourist are using the air travels between the domestic locations and majority of the tourist arrive is sort of budget tourist; who likes to explore srilanka at low cost and get more experience.

Therefore as my thought is about to improve the road transport such as improve the quality of roads and introduce new discipline government Buses (SLTB), increasing number of trains between the main destinations, create new railway lines to cover all over sri lanka to cater faster train service and introducing metro in main cities to avoid traffics in urban.

But in overall, all these development programme would be cost to government and increasing more financial burden to Srilanka for short term.

List of Airports in Sri Lanka

City Airport Code Airport Name
Koggala KCT Koggala Airport
Minneriya MNH Minneriya Airport
Wirawila WRZ Wirawila Airport
Kandy KDW Vic Resevour Kandy Airport
Trincomalee TRR China Bay Airport
Gal Oya GOY Amparai Airport
Colombo CMB Bandaranayake Airport
Sigiriya GIU Sigiriya Slaf Base Airport
Katukurunda KTY Katukurunda Slaf Base Airport
Dambula DBU Dambulu Oya Tank Airport
Hatton NUF Castlereigh Reservoir Airport
Dickwella DIW Mawella Lagoon Airport
Bentota River BJT Bentota River Airport
Ampara ADP Ampara Airport
Batticaloa BTC Batticaloa Airport
Hingurakgoda HIM Hingurakgoda Airport
Mahaweli KDY Mahaweli Airport
Ampara AFK Kondavattavan Tank Airport
Katugastota KDZ Polgolla Reservoir Airport
Kelaniya KEZ Kelaniya River Airport
Jaffna JAF Kankesanturai Airport
Anuradhapura ACJ Anuradhapura Airport

 

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