Taking Off

Two parties have shown interest in funding the first phase of the development of regional airports to boost domestic air travel in the country.
Denmark and the European Union have expressed willingness to pump in over a billion rupees to upgrade four airports in the country.rn

rnldblquote These have to be rehabilitated to a large extent-the runways, terminal buildings, fire engines etc, -and the current estimate is that each airport would cost about Rs. 300-350 mn,
dblquote Cecil Amarasinghe Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation said.rn

rnThe aviation sector plan includes 14 regional airports spread around the island.rn

rnThe project is expected to take flight initially with four regional airports in Ampara, Anuradhapura, China bay and Weerawila.rn

rnSeveral helicopter operators have already shown interest in commencing flights for tourist transportation.rn

rnldblquote We are encouraging helicopter operations. Pending the rehabilitation of the airports several companies have expressed intere