Sri Lankan government decides to invite new businesses at Mattala Airport.
Daily FT: The Cabinet of Ministers has approved to call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to conduct direct and indirect aviation-related enterprises.
“The potential investors and strategic entrepreneurs carrying out aeronautical and non-aeronautical businesses at Mattala Airport,” a statement comprising weekly Cabinet decisions by the Government Information Department noted.
The proposal to this effect submitted by the Ports, Shipping and Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
“The focus is on taking measures to effectively utilise Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport facilities and assets by creating public-private-partnership (PPP) investment opportunities,” Cabinet Co-Spokesman and Minister Bandula Gunawardena said.
The statement also added that as per the layout of the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, there is a potential to transform the airport into a multipurpose business centre by implementing business opportunities related to air operations as well as other non-air operations.
Sri Lanka’s Mattala Airport is uniquely located in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka providing quick access to the Hambantota International Port and the industrial zone surrounding it. Given the proximity of an international Airport and Port in the same region, the Mattala Airport presents a host of lucrative business/investment opportunities. Also, the proposal to also transform the airport into a multipurpose business centre related to air and non-air operations, offers a unique set of business/investment opportunities to the discerning foreign businesses/investors. Given Sri Lanka’s geographical positioning in the Indian Ocean, the strong trade ties and the target of becoming an emerging business destination in the South Asian region, foreign businesses/investors could confidently explore the expanding opportunities in Sri Lanka.
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