- Aug 20, 2010
Then tell me why are you asking Chinese airports companies to come and operate the MRIA for you?Mattala airport is built to operate in conjuncture with the H'tota harbor. Therefore it is unfair to note that the airport in making severe losses in terms of passenger count. Mattala is now however earning lots of money through allowing it's airspace to be used by larger passenger air crafts like Airbus A380 bound to and from Australia. A niche previously filled by the Chennai airport.
Hambantota harbor is just a one part of a larger development project called "Greater H'tota" development plan. It encompass the airport, harbour, expressway, rail link and a massive industrial estate. It will be the future of Sri Lanka if properly developed.
Big revenues don't make any sense if your net profits are in the negative.
Sri Lanka should focus on expanding terminal capacity at Colombo airport, both landside and airside, and focus on liberalising their transit visa regime for travellers.
Not to mention, integrate the airport and airline strategy along with national tourism and city development plan.
Aviation hub requires heavy investments in movable assets.