Experts said the need was only to construct an alternative runway with a small terminal.Chairman, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Shibly Aziz (former Attorney General) said the CAA is reviewing plans for the Mattala Airport as it felt the decision to build an international commercial airport in the South did not appear to have been correctly taken.
There was no passenger base in the South to site a second international airport.He said there was no need at all to build a second international airport within a small country such as Sri Lanka.There would be a need for a second airport in the country in another 15 to 20 years when the traffic growth would increase exponentially.
The Mattala Airport was built to expand the local aviation industry and implemented as an eco-friendley project. The project was estimated to cost around US$210 million covering an extent of around 2,000 hectares. It was built to be compatible with the latest Airbus A 380 aircraft and was designed according to recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.