May 10 06 (LBO) – The government planning to re-surface the runway of the main international airport of the country, an official said.
Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority, H M C Nimalsiri said that a team of Sri Lankan engineers was working on the project to re-surface the runway.
The Bandaranaike International Airport located north of Colombo, at Katunayake, is owned and operated by the state-owned corporation, Airport and Aviation Services of Sri Lanka Ltd.
The corporation is likely to fund the resurfacing project with its own money.
As the runway has worn off, aircraft were finding it difficult to slow down when landing due to lower levels of friction.
The 3,350 meter BIA runway has not been upgraded for over 25 years.
An aircraft lands at a speed of between 160 to 170 kilometres an hour, and reduced friction were forcing aircraft to go further before coming to a stop.