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Sri Lanka to get a third international airport at Hingurakgoda

12 July 2018 - 407   - 2

Sri Lanka is to have a third International Airport that will be constructed in Hingurakgoda as per the master plan  drawn up for the development of Trincomalee, which was launched in Colombo yesterday.

According to the government news portal the  Hingurakgoda International Airport is in line with the vision highlighted in the plan to develop Trincomalee as the Eastern Gateway to Sri Lanka by the year 2050.“Trincomalee would be re-positioned as the ‘Eastern Tourism Hub with increased regional connectivity realized through the Colombo-Trincomalee economic corridor development and the proposed Hingurakgoda International Airport,” the vision framework of the plan said.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the roadmap to develop Sri Lanka as the hub of the Indian Ocean will be completed with this master plan. “When Sri Lanka was a hub in the Indian Ocean in the old days there were several ports. Today we have focused on the Colombo Port and Hambantota.

Colombo will be important with the development of the Western part of India as well as the development taking place in Iran. Ships which use the Suez Canal to get to countries such as Singapore go past Hambantota which thus makes developing the Southern Port even more important. Countries in the Bay of Bengal region will develop greatly within the next 20 years. Populations in that region will reach three billion by 2050. Therefore, we will have to develop Trincomalee as the Eastern gate,” he said.

 

  Comments - 2

  • Lucky Thursday, 12 July 2018 04:18 PM

    Having been a travel agent for over 34 years, I am thinking, does Sri Lanka need Mattala as a second airport and now do we need a third international airport. The cost of building another international airport and the other infrastructure cost would be great. I personally think, with the money you are going to spend on an international airport would be better spent on developing and upgrading our existing air fields/air ports namely Ratmalana, Ampara, Anuradhapura, Batticaloa, Dambulla, Weerawila, Koggala, Palaly,Katukurunda, Iranamadu, Hingurakgoda (existing), Palavi, China Bay and Vavuniya. If these could be modernised in all aspects and get light aircraft (Cessna or equal or similar - depending on who get the commission on it), this would be far better for the country and for the tourist visiting the country as travel times by road is a stumbling block. We actually have all these airfields and developing them is the way forward rather than having another white elephant of an international airport of which we already have one.

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    Lucky Thursday, 12 July 2018 08:56 PM

    What happened to all the comments other people and myself left/made on the subject? Why is it deleted?

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