This will make Sri Lanka competitive against Bali and Phuket’s passenger handling capacity.
Minister Priyankara Jayaratne said several projects will be implemented in the new year targeting to realize the pledge given in the Mahinda Chinthana to make Sri Lanka an aviation hub in Asia.
The second stage of the Katunayake international airport development project will be started this year. The project is to be completed in the year 2015 and it will enhance the passenger handling from the current number of six million to 15 million.
The second stage of the Mattala Rajapakse international airport will also be started this year. Under this stage, the passenger handling capacity will be increased from the current number of one million to ten million.
The Minister said that the Sri Lankan airline fleet will be strengthened further by the addition of another six A330 aircrafts. At present, the airline has a fleet of 22 aircrafts. He said that the Sri Lankan airline will introduce a new system of making passengers able to travel to any destination in the world with a single air ticket. Another programme will be launched to train Sri Lankan youth in the air services for recruitment to international vacancies by the year 2025. The Minister said that for this purpose an academy will be established to train Sri Lankan youth for degree level exams in the aviation field. Modernization of ten domestic airports will also be carried out in the new year.