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Sri Lanka’s aviation authorities have identified a new location for the second international airport for the island. Sri Lanka’s aviation authorities have identified a new location for the second international airport for the island. The 800-acre plot is located in Habaraduwa in the Galle District, near an existing airstrip in Koggala.

“The next step will be doing the feasibility study,” Director General of Civil Aviation Authority H M C Nimalasiri. “We want to confirm whether the soil, climatic conditions are suitable to build a new
runway.”

Annual wind direction, relative to the runway, is key to providing safe access to aircraft landing and taking off from the airport.

The Airport & Aviation Services Ltd (AASL), a state owned firm that owns and operates Bandaranaike International Airport has previously conducted a feasibility study for a second international airport in Kuda Oya, also in the South of the country.

The cost of building an alternate runway and basic infrastructure was estimated at US$ 70 mn.

The international airport in Colombo has only one runway. If this is closed for any r