Second Airport

Ishara S. Kodikara | AFP | Getty Images Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, center, speaks to supporters at the prime minister's official residence in Colombo on December 16, 2018, after he was reappointed as prime minister by Sri Lanka's president, the same man who fired him from the job nearly two months ago.

More than 30 international airport developers have shown initial interest in building and perhaps taking a stake in a new international airport in the south of the country.
Secretary to the Aviation Ministry said some global players have also shown interest to build the airport at Wellawaya.rn

rnldblquote To date 30 parties have taken documents pertaining to the EOI. We will be issuing documents till March 25 and entertain EOIs till May 15,
dblquote said Cecil Ameresinghe, Secretary, Aviation and Highways Ministry.rn

rnThe airport, the countrys second international one, is expected to cost some US$ 60mn to US$ 100mn to build which the bidder is expected to pump in.rn

rnInitially the airport will only have basic facilities- one tower, runway and a terminal building, he told LBR.rn

rnThe need for a second airport arose to establish the country as a regional air hub.rn

rnAt present Male and Madras airports serve as the alternate stops for Colombo.rn

rnThe International Air Transport Associat