Sri Lanka Begins Construction at Maththala Airport Terminal

Sri Lanka's Ministry of Civil Aviation has announced that work on the construction of a passenger terminal at Maththala International Airport project in Hambanthota is successfully underway and the foundation will be laid this month.

The new international airport project at Maththala is being carried out in phases including a $200m first phase of work to build a 3,500m runway with a width of 75m, capable of accommodating four aircrafts at the same time.

Currently 80% of the runway construction work has been completed and the passenger terminal building, to be equipped with an enhanced baggage system, will have the capacity to handle one million passengers per year.

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 aids as well as a fire rescue unit and a jumbo jet passenger terminal.

The new airport is largely funded by the government of China and the first phase will be completed by the end of 2012.