Sri Lanka Air Force to upgrade Palaly Airport in the North to enable commercial flight operations
The government of Sri Lanka has decided to task the Sri Lanka Air Force of upgrading the Palaly airport in Jaffna for commercial flight operations.
The government has stated that the Air Force has been assigned for the project in order to fast-track the process.
The Cabinet of Ministers had given the Sri Lanka Air Force the Rs. 1,965 million contract to rebuild the airport.
The Government Information Department has stated that the proposal was put forward jointly by the Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva and National Economic Policy Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
An Indian backed development of rail has made Jaffna more accessible to the rest of the country.
The Sri Lankan government is engaged in developing the country’s domestic aviation sector and the development of a domestic airport network is key among the projects. The government has for sometime been mulling the development of Jaffna’s Palaly Airport to the standard of a regional airport. The development of the airport would result in the opening of a gateway to Sri Lanka’s north as well as build a connection between the Sri Lanka neighboring countries in the region. Therefore, foreign investors could now look at a host of new investment opportunities in the country’s northern region, especially in the industries and tourism sectors.
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