The first phase of the Maththala International Airport project in Sri Lanka will cost $190m and the entire construction will be complete in 2012.
The airport will include a 3,500m runway with a 75m width to accommodate landing and take-off of large aircraft.
The passenger terminal building, to be equipped with an advanced baggage system, will be able to handle one million passengers per year from the outset.
The project will also include the construction of a 41m traffic control tower, a cargo handling terminal adjacent to the airport and two aero bridges with air navigational aid.
A fuel rescue and fire rescue unit and a jumbo jet passenger terminal will also be part of the airport project, according to the Daily News.