The Board of Investment will call for bids to develop the countrys first alternate airport on a lquote Design Build Turnkey model, in two weeks.
A pre-feasibility has been done, but the new developer will be responsible for detailed designs, procurement and building of the airport.
rnIn building jargon, the owners, in this case the Sri Lankan government, will in essence, lquote turn the key of the completed airport.rn
rnA second airport has long been mooted to absorb an expected surge in passenger arrivals by 2020, as well as serve as a convenient landing strip in an emergency.rn
rnPassenger numbers are expected to grow to over 10 mn by 2020, which is expected to saturate available capacity of up to 4.5 mn passengers at the Bandaranaike Airport, after ongoing expansion.rn
rnldblquote Though theoretically we have about ten years before we need a runway, we have to take a decision as to when to plan for it. It takes a minimum of about five years to build a full alternate airport
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