Sri Lanka says no accord with India to modernize Palali Airport

Sept 06, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s government told Parliament today that there is no agreement signed with the Indian government or with an Indian Company to modernize the Palali Airport in Jaffna.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, however, said that the Airport Authority of India has carried out a feasibility study on the Palali airport.

He said the approval and observation of the Cabinet and the Attorney-General is not needed for a feasibility study.

“The government including the relevant ministries were fully aware of that feasibility study,” Wickremesinghe emphasized.

“There is no need to get the cabinet approval or such a thing for a feasibility study.”

Previous regime initially planned to develop the Palali airstrip in Jaffna as an international airport, mainly to cater to Indian traffic and sought Indian assistance.

A few months ago, a team from the Airport Authority of India had visited Palali to ascertain how the airport could be developed as a regional airport, government officials said.