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Shoddy airport maintenance tarnishes country’s image

It is sad indeed that when we Sri Lankans have something beautiful and valuable, we neglect it. I refer to the Bandaranaike International Airport, in Katunayake.

Millions of rupees have been ploughed into redeveloping our international airport. You come to a five-star airport expecting five-star service and standards of maintenance, and then you walk into toilets that are a stinking mess, without so much as a roll of toilet paper at hand.

Somebody must be taken to task for such lapses. An international airport is the first impression of a country that the visitor gets. What would visitors think when they walked into filthy toilets – that we are a dirty, stinking people.

Proper maintenance of an airport and its facilities are an absolute must. These are basic requirements - not luxuries.

And then there are other things, such as the lack of an escalator to the new cafeteria in the departure lounge.

I saw a young tourist couple carrying an infant and pushing a trolley loaded with baggage. They were struggling to get to the cafeteria. Finally, the over-burdened couple had to abandon the trolley and carry their baggage, with their infant, and climb the stairs.

Cedric Silva, Kotte

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