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.