Mar 18, 2013 (LBO) – The opening of a second international airport in Mattala in Hambantota on March 18, strengthens Sri Lanka’s strategy to become an aviation hub, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. The airport has a 3,500 meter ‘code F’ runway capable of handling Airbus A380 aircraft.
He declared March 18 as the civil aviation day in Sri Lanka.
Rajapaksa said it was the strategy of the administration to provide facilities found in the city to the village.
The Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport was inaugurated with the arrivals of President Rajapaksa in a state SriLankan Airlines flight.
The Chinese financed can handle a million passengers and 45,000 tonnes cargo annually.
Air Arabia, a UAE based budget carrier, became the first international carrier to land at the new airport followed by Fly Dubai.