Location : Mattala, Hambanthota, Sri Lanka
The project to construct Sri Lanka's 2nd International Airport at Mattala, Hambanthota launched by HE the President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday, 27th November 2009.
The new airport will be a boon to the local aviation industry while being a catalyst for the economic development of the southern province through the enabling of international trade, tourism, vocational training and employment.
The new airport will be geared to support both international and domestic travel, air-sea cargo transshipment in conjunction with the Hambanthota sea port and will be the alternative to BIA. It will be ready for operations in 2012.
The amount spent on the entire project will be 200 million US dollars. The Chinese government provides financial assistance. The area allocated for the airport is two thousand hectares. Construction will take place under two stages.
Stage I - Initial Development
Basic Aerodrome Facilities, Runway, Apron, Taxi way, Passenger and Cargo Terminals.
Access roads, accommodation for officials, fuel farm, sewerage treatment plant, water supply facilities, meteorological building, fire building, catering facility and car park.
Stage II - Second Stage Development
A full length parallel Taxi way, a flying school, an airport hotel and recreational facilities.