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* Tripartite Agreement for Development of Batticaloa International Airport
Wed, Jan 12, 2022, 01:54 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 12, Colombo: Batticaloa International Airport is being developed as a fully-fledged domestic airport in the Eastern Province with the purpose to provide services to local and foreign tourists, says Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga.

A tripartite agreement is also expected to be signed between the Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Company, the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka and the Air Force for this purpose.

The Civil Aviation Authority is currently drafting the agreement, which is expected to create a clear distinction between civilian and military operations.

It is also expected to construct air traffic control towers, fire and rescue facilities along the northern side of the runway.

Minister Prasanna Ranatunga says that a special program will be implemented to identify commercial investment opportunities within the airport premises focusing on investment opportunities that fall into the category of air travel and those that do not.

A special project to promote the Batticaloa Airport has already been launched with the Tourist Hotels in Batticaloa, and tourism operators.

Meanwhile, arrangements have been made to resume the scheduled Jaffna-Colombo flight which was canceled due to the Covid epidemic.

Accordingly, discussions are underway with the relevant companies and it is hoped that the flights will be able to resume in the first quarter of this year.


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