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Serendib
01-01-2012, 09:49 PM
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.

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http://www.airport.lk/hia/hia-constructions.php

Max
13-01-2012, 02:32 AM
BIA second phase development to commence this year

Dharma SRI ABEYRATNE

The second phase of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) development and expansion project will commence this year, Civil Aviation Minister Priyankara Jayaratne said.


Speaking to the Daily News, the minister said the BIA will provide air passengers with more modern facilities and services with the completion of the second phase. Under this development and expansion project a new passenger bridge will be constructed.

'The bridge will comprise eight passenger terminals. Now the BIA has only one passenger bridge and eight passenger terminals. With the construction of the new passenger bridge BIA passenger terminals will increase to 16. In addition, other facilities available at the airport will significantly be improved. Under this programme duty free shopping complex will be built together with many other facilities,' the minister said.

As a result of the peaceful atmosphere in the country, many airlines have shown keenness to come to Sri Lanka. Therefore, it is important to increase the number of passenger terminals while increasing facilities, he added.

Minister Jayaratne further said that Ratmalana airport will be developed as a city airport so as to operate parallel to the BIA. Small aircraft which are now operating to and from BIA will operate from Ratmalana airport once it is developed as a city airport.

Besides, two inland airports will be constructed in Kandy and Nuwara Eliya during this year. Land has been selected in Kandy for the inland airport while suitable land is being explored for the Nuwara Eliya airport. These two inland airports will be commissioned this year, Minister Jayaratne added.

http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/01/13/news12.asp

Serendib
18-01-2012, 08:06 PM
Sri Lanka's first monorail track to be built in southern port city

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Jan 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka plans to build its first monorail track in the southern port city of Hambantota to link the second international airport at Mattala and the Suriyawewa International cricket stadium.

Hambantota district Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa has told state-run Daily News the government is currently talking to several investors to build the three-kilometer stretch of the monorail system.

The project, expected to commence next year, will be able to link several key developments in the expanding port city.

MP Rajapaksa has said that one of the developments would be an IT park which would provide direct employment to over 1,500. A proposed convention center and a 3000-room apartment complex are among the planned investment projects.

The government seeks investors to build the monorail track on a build-and-operate basis to keep the investment and maintenance costs down.

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_12/Jan19_1326915588CH.php

Serendib
20-01-2012, 08:15 PM
Sri Lanka to expand passenger handling capacity of airports

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Jan 20, Colombo: Anticipating millions of tourist arrivals to the country in the future, the Sri Lankan government has taken measures to increase the passenger handling capacity at the country's airports.

The government says arrangements have been made to double the passenger handling capacity to 12 million by 2015 from the current capacity of 6 million.

Under an ambitious five-year plan launched last year by the Economic Development Minister to boost tourism in the country, Sri Lanka targets 2.5 million tourist arrivals by 2016. The country expects to reach a target of one million tourist arrivals this year.

Chairman of the Airport and Aviation Sri Lanka Limited Prasanna Wickramasooriya has said that air cargo handling services will also be increased in parallel to the increase of the passenger handling capacity.

According to the official, country's second international airport at Mattala in Southern Hambantota district will be opened at the end of 2012.

The new airport will handle 60 percent of air cargo services and 40 percent of passenger services.

The government also plans to expand the present international airport at Katunayake at a cost of Rs. 350 million.

The number of terminals at the airport will be increased from 8 to 16 while facilities will be provided to land 9 aircraft at the airport.

An internal air terminal will be set up in Katunayake airport in par with internal aviation service development in the second phase of expansion project, and tenders for the project will be called in April, the official said.

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_12/Jan20_1327079706CH.php

Serendib
20-01-2012, 08:17 PM
HIA construction work on track:

Lanka to cater for 6 m air passengers by ’18

Shirajiv SIRIMANE

The Colombo International Airport would be upgraded to cater for six million passengers by 2018. This is a 100 percent increase.

Airport Aviation Services Chairman Col. Prasanna Wickramasuriya said that this includes over one million passengers using the Hambantota International Airport (HJA) as well.

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Work on the HIA passenger terminal building in progress

He also said that the HIA construction work is on track and the new airport runway testing would start from October and would be open for commercial flights form November.

“The second stage of the HIA project is to be completed by 2018,” he said.

Wickramasuriya said that initially they would target the charter operation and subsequently attract budget airlines to operate to HIA. “With tourism booming many airlines have requested for additional frequencies and we are planning to divert them to HIA,” he said.

HIA has allocated a large space for a proposed duty free shopping complex for the airport and they expect this would bring in a special ‘shopping’ clientele similar to Singapore.

He also disclosed that investors have expressed interest to set up a publishing zone in Mattala.

SriLankan Airlines will look at rerouting some of their European and Gulf flights through the Hambantota International Airport (HIA) from next November CEO, Kapila Chandrasena said.

He said that their plan is to have a stop over in HIA so that passengers could have the option of disembarking in Mattala while passengers too could take connections to Colombo.

“Similarly we are also looking at operating the Male transit market from the proposed Mattala Airport,” he said.

The national carrier will also handle the ground handling and catering services of the new airport. “The handling rates would be definitely more competitive than the Colombo Airport,” he said.

While spelling out plans to have an extension arm of their engineering wing at HIA he said that they will soon sign up to get a second A330 simulator for pilot training.

SriLankan, which is expected to strengthen their air taxi services with two additional aircraft, is to build an air taxi hub in Bandagirlya Tank in Mattala. This would be a five-minute drive from the HIA and a four-lane highway would connect it to the airport.

http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/01/18/bus01.asp

Serendib
20-01-2012, 08:24 PM
HIA Pictures

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http://www.airport.lk/images/news_img/20111006/16.jpg (Photos by AASL Information Technology Division)

Serendib
20-01-2012, 09:00 PM
BIA Future projects

The airport is undergoing resurfacing of its runway. It has been announced, as of December 3, 2009, that its current runway will be extended to 3,350 metres. Future projects may include a second runway to support the Airbus A380, a further eight passenger gates, a domestic terminal, a five storey car-park, and a five star hotel neighbouring the airport. New approach channels into the airport will be created in 2012.[4]

Runway and expansion

The Bandaranaike international airport has a single runway (04/22) with asphalt surface. The take-off and landing distances of the runway are 3,441m and 3,350m respectively. The overall length of the runway is 91m. There is a plan to construct a second runway to support the Airbus A380. The construction is expected to begin in 2012.


Runway Overlay by 2009
A second runway begin construction on this work around March/April 2012
Second Runway- 4,000 X 60 meters. 1.5 kilo meters North or South from existing runway


Stage II, Phase II Expansion Project[4][5]

Project Implementation 2007-2012
Airport access roads and landside curbs
Multi-storey car park
Expansion of the duty free area by 125 shops
Additional Passenger Terminal Building- 120,000 sqm with segregated departures and arrivals levels.
Pier (40 X 300 meters)- 8 gates, with gate lounges and aero-bridges. Total aero-bridge capacity to be upgraded to 16 aero-bridges.
Expansion of International Aircraft Parking capacity to 32 aircraft
Expansion of Passenger Movement Capacity to 16 million people per annum
Expansion of cargo movement capacity to 1,000,000 tons per annum
Additional Remote Aircraft Apron
New Cargo Terminal Building
Construction of new apron
Construction of new taxiways
Construction of a second runway
Construction of elevated roadway and roads;
Construction of a passenger terminal building (floor area approximately 104,000 square Metres);
Construction of public utilities;
Renovation of departure and arrival porch and walkway at existing passenger building
Construction of related facilities
Domestic terminal at BIA
Construction of elevated roadway and roads
Construction of public utilities
Renovation of departure and arrival porch and walkway at existing passenger building
Construction of related facilities
Construction of Air traffic control system
Construction of electricity system.
Construction of road and multi-level car parking
Construction of a power supply system
Construction of a water supply system

Terminals
Terminal 1, international flights
Terminal 2, international flights under construction and expected completion in 2014

The arrival and departure areas in the passenger terminal are located close to each other, easing the movement of passengers between terminals. There are 50 check-in desks, 12 gates, 575 short-term parking spaces, three airport hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, bars, a VIP lounge, duty-free shop and disabled access / facilities. In 2009, a lounge named Silk Route was opened at the terminal. It provides facilities such as food, newspapers and the internet.

domestic terminal
Terminal 3, for domestic flights at BIA will be open next March 2012

Cargo terminal
Terminal 4, for cargo flights
Terminal 5, for cargo flights
Terminal 6, for cargo flights

The cargo village terminal I occupies an area of 2,787m², and includes freight forwarders, warehouses, airline offices, banks, courier service, gem and diamond exchange and customs. The 1,858m² cargo village terminal II has facilities for refrigerated and frozen cargo, airmail sorting centre and offshore avionics workshop.The airport has been a popular cargo port for a long time and it is not unusual to see a few cargo aircraft at the airport at any given time. The cargo airlines that have served Colombo in the past include Emirates and Lufthansa. Currently MidEx Airlines is the most active freight carrier at the airport, operating daily flights from Al Ain, followed closely by Expo Aviation. "Facilitating international trade, the BIA provides cargo handling services with a capacity of 250,000 MT and a dedicated, well-trained team. With the expansion that is underway, the air cargo terminal will undoubtedly play a key role in supporting the needs and demands of industry."

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandaranaike_International_Airport

Max
21-01-2012, 03:51 AM
International status slotted for Palaly Airport

Additional Rs one billion for Northern development:

Shirajiv SIRIMANE in Jaffna

The Palali Airport will be upgraded as an international airport for Indian traffic and regional passengers, said Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Minister Douglas Devananda.

Speaking to the Daily News after inaugurating the third edition of the Jaffna Trade Fair yesterday, the minister said that the Indian government is assisting this project and work is in progress.

The minister said that an additional Rs one billion will be allocated by the government for infrastructure development in the Northern Province this year.

Devananda said that the on going exhibition organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry with Lanka Exhibition and Conference Services (LECS), which concludes tomorrow, has helped Northern entrepreneurs to find Southern partners and also acquire new technology.

“The Indian government will continue to assist the North and East reconstruction process and will also find an Indian partner to review the Elephant Pass saltern in the area which has not been operating for the past 20 years,” said Consul General of India in Jaffna, V Mahalingam.

“They will also help with infrastructure development of the Palali Airport elevating it to an international airport and also develop the Kankesanthurai Harbour at a cost of US 20 million,” Mahalingam said. He said that the Indian government is helping in the infrastructure development of the Achuveli Industrial Zone which is expected to be ready by April.

Mahalingam said that the 50, 000 housing project which is provided by India is the single biggest investment by the Indian government to any country with an investment of US $ 270 million.He also told the Daily News that they issue around 50 to 75 visas per day to travel to India for both leisure and business.A record 304 stalls with 40 Indian companies are showcasing their products this year. The organizers have also invested Rs 2.5 million to provide a sprinkler system, fence and lighting system for the Duraiappah Stadium as part of their CRS towards Jaffna, LECS director Imran Hassan said. Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited is the media sponsor of the event.

http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/01/21/news03.asp

Serendib
22-02-2012, 08:11 PM
World Duty Free Group unveils Colombo Airport retail revamp plans

source http://www.moodiereport.com/document.php?c_id=6&doc_id=30075

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RI LANKA. World Duty Free Group, trading as Autogrill Lanka, is refurbishing its two shops at Colombo Bandaranaike Airport with a new design.

The works, which are under way, seek to create more open spaces for an easier and more enjoyable purchasing experience, and are expected to be completed during the first half of this year, the retailer said.

The shops, which are located in the Arrivals and Departures terminals, will boast a new and "state-of-the-art" design, the company added.

Covering a total area of 490sq m, they will feature purpose-built areas for promotional launches, as well as customised and specially designed furniture following the latest visual merchandising trends.

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The revamp seeks to create more open spaces for an easier and more enjoyable purchasing experience

World Duty Free Group International Director of Operations Pedro Castro said: “By refurbishing these stores we are consolidating our presence in the Asian market as purveyors of quality and leading brands, offering a broad range of unique products.

"Our team differentiates itself precisely for its ongoing collaboration with suppliers of international renown in all product categories, including perfumes, cosmetics and beverages. Our goal is to offer high-quality products at competitive prices.”

World Duty Free Group has been operating in Sri Lanka since 1996.

WATCH THIS VIDEO ON DUTY FREE SHOPPING AT COLOMBO AIRPORT, WHICH SHOWS THE RESPECTIVE RETAIL OFFERS OF AUTOGRILL LANKA AND FLEMINGO AS AT LATE JANUARY


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCF6aPkB2p8

AshanHettige
23-02-2012, 04:27 AM
AVIATION: THE FUTURE IS YOURS - Sri Lanka

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzSkUslXUe0

AshanHettige
23-02-2012, 04:27 AM
AVIATION: THE FUTURE IS YOURS - Sri Lanka

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzSkUslXUe0

AshanHettige
23-02-2012, 04:27 AM
AVIATION: THE FUTURE IS YOURS - Sri Lanka

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzSkUslXUe0

AshanHettige
23-02-2012, 04:27 AM
AVIATION: THE FUTURE IS YOURS - Sri Lanka

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzSkUslXUe0

ecureilx
23-02-2012, 06:44 AM
http://www.moodiereport.com/images/Colombo_vista_C10_600.jpg

Bit off topic, but, the CGI picture fits the current ad in Singapore, and Malaysia, i.e. stereotyping of Caucasian Men with Asian Woman (or my eyes are deceiving me .. ) :D :D

CalgaryLankan
01-03-2012, 07:00 PM
News 360 reporting JICA loan for CMB improvements.....

http://www.news360.lk/economy/sri-lanka-to-receive-a-japanese-loan-to-modernize-its-only-intl-airport-9956

No details on what can be done with the amount - will that include 2nd runway too??

Serendib
01-03-2012, 09:48 PM
RS 40,557 M JICA ASSISTANCE FOR PHASE 2 OF BIA DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

The Japanese Government has agreed to provide a loan of Japanese Yen 28,969 million (approximately Rs 40,557 million) through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to improve and modernize the facilities of the Bandaranaike International Airport.

The facilities at BIA are to be modernized to transform it as a main commercial and business hub by connecting the eastern and the western countries.

With the dawn of peaceful environment tourism industry has grown rapidly while number of tourist visiting the country has increased The proposal made by President, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning, to enter into a loan agreement with JICA, was approved by the Cabinet.

http://news.lk/press-releases/press-releases-cabinet-decisions/1599-decisions-taken-by-the-cabinet-at-its-meeting-held-on-29022012

ecureilx
02-03-2012, 09:20 AM
News 360 reporting JICA loan for CMB improvements.....

http://www.news360.lk/economy/sri-lanka-to-receive-a-japanese-loan-to-modernize-its-only-intl-airport-9956

No details on what can be done with the amount - will that include 2nd runway too??

Unlikely for second runway.

Logic says the 2nd runway should be angled, unless due to space constraints, it can be parallel

For both, there is lack of space - Airforce, FTZ .. and all and more ..

Unless the carve out space far away from the main runway and put up a backup runway a bit away with proper taxiway ..

skyline
03-03-2012, 08:13 AM
Mattala Airport to be ready by October this year - http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=46560

Max
04-03-2012, 04:43 AM
Govt. to embark on Stage II of US $ 500 mn BIA expansion project

March 3, 2012, 7:27 pm

The agreement for the BIA expansion project will be signed between Finance Secretary Dr P. B. Jayasundara and JICA officials shortly.Construction is expected to be completed by 2016, Jinadasa Rajapaksa, an Ministry official said.


With the proposed expansion, the BIA passenger handling capacity would be doubled to 12 million per annum. The cargo handling capacity would also be increased to 500,000 metric tons from present capacity of 250,000 metric tons, he noted,


A new split level passenger terminal building which separates arrivals and departures vertically, a new pier with eight boarding gates and 14 passenger boarding bridges with a dedicated gate comprising two passenger boarding bridges for the operations of the new A-380 Airbus, will be included in the proposed new complex, he explained.


There would also be a remote apron and an additional nine parking stands to ease air traffic movements. There would be a tax free apparel shopping mall at the Katunayake BOI Zone to attract more business visitors to Sri Lanka.The tax free shopping mall is to be located adjacent to the arrival terminal and connected by a sky bridge, he said.


The security, administration, fire services buildings and female rest rooms for navigational staff will also be expanded along with the refurbishment of the porches and departure and arrival terminals.

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=46651

Srilankan1
11-03-2012, 09:44 PM
Guys anybody has new photos from BIA with lots of UL Aircrafts around??

Srilankan1
12-03-2012, 03:11 PM
Sri Lanka main airport moves 6.34mn pax in 2011:

Mar 12, 2012 (LBO) - Passenger movements through Sri Lanka's main international airport rose to 6.4 million above its design capacity of 6 million passengers, and the state-run agency was scrambling to add capacity, an official said.

Last year, according to the agency's annual report, the international airport at Katunayake handled 5.259 million passengers indicating an increase of 21 percent.

Chairman of the state airport agency, Sri Lanka Airport and Aviation Services Ltd, Prasanna Wickramasuriya told a forum organized by Sri Lanka's shipping academy that the airport handled 208,000 metric tonnes of cargo, up from 187,000 tonnes a year earlier.

The airport can handle 250,000 metric tonnes of cargo a year.

The airport can accommodated 25 airside movements an hour. The airport has been experiencing congestion especially at so-called 'hub peaks'.

Tourist arrivals have been growing over 30 percent a year since a 30-year war ended in 2009.

Thirty three airlines now call at Colombo.

"Day-by-day the enthusiasm is more and other airlines wants to fly into Sri Lanka," Wickramasuriya said.

Wickramasuriya said capacity will be upped by a million passengers a year.

The airport was building a one million passenger domestic terminal to be completed by the end of the year. But it will initially used for international traffic, he said.

Private jet movements had also increased 27 percent, making it difficult to accommodate them, he said. They will be shifted to small airport at Ratmalana, south of the capital Colombo he said.

The airport firm had signed up a loan from Japan to up passenger capacity to 12 million and cargo to 510,000 by 2015, he said.

Sri Lanka one-million-passenger second international airport in Hambantota is also expected to be completed by end 2012 or the first quarter of 2013.

http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/fullstory.php?nid=1747528596

Serendib
15-03-2012, 02:32 PM
Official Hambantota International Airport Website - http://www.hia.lk/

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http://www.hia.lk/images/location/main_image.jp

About HIA


1 million passengers per annum
45000 Mt of cargo per annum
30000 Aircraft Movement per annum
Ten Parking bays for Aircrafts
2000 ha of land allocated for the project
800 ha of these will be used in the first stage
400 ha of that is set aside for main airport infrastructure
Runway

The Runway (Orientation – 05/23, code F) dimension is 3500m * 60m with 7.5m paved shoulders either side and 260m RESA on both runway ends.
Taxiway

There will be two stub Taxiways: TWY A (Code F) – Dimension: 360 * 60m TWY B (Code C) – Dimension: 362.5m * 25m
Apron

The Apron area will be 73,500m2, consist of 10 aircrafts parking stands (for paring of mix of aircrafts from narrow body to wide body)
Cargo apron: Area 18,800m2 consist of 2 aircrafts stands (Provisional)
Terminal Building

The Terminal building will be of area 12,000m2(apprx) with the capacity to handle 1,000,000 passengers per annum.

Balance 400 ha is to be allocated for related industries.
Emphasis on environment conservation.
15% of energy requirements to be met from renewable energy sources.
Air distance between BIA and HIA 90.8 nautical miles. Located South-East to BIA
Air Traffic Control TowerThe air traffic Control Tower of height 41m will be constructed at the highest elevation of the aerodrome (55m AMSL)
Airport Fire And Rescue Station (Afrs)The AFRS will be the facilities to cater Category 10 requirements
Visual AidsAirfield Ground Lighting System will comprise:

CAT 1 High Intensity Approach Lighting at RWY 23 end.
Simple Approach Lighting System at RWY 05 end.
Precision Approach Path Indicators 9PAPI) for RWY 05 AND 23
RWY Edge lights, RWYTHR lights, RWY END lights, RWY Centerline Lights, TWY Edge Lights, Apron Edge Lights, Apron Flood Lights ect.
Illuminated wind cone, Obstacle Limitation Guidance sings and Pavement Markings

Navigational & Landing Aids

DVOR/DME
ILS Cat 1 system for RWY 23 WITH Middle Marker

Communication & Other Facilities

VHF & UHF Communication
AMHS
DVCSS&AMHS
AWOS&RVR

Fly_4U
19-03-2012, 10:57 PM
Guys anybody has new photos from BIA with lots of UL Aircrafts around??

Colombo Airport Pictures

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7983416@N08/with/6846391538/

Srilankan1
20-03-2012, 10:46 PM
Colombo Airport Pictures

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7983416@N08/with/6846391538/

Vielen Dank.

Serendib
21-03-2012, 09:39 AM
Malaysian Co. in US$ 600mn metro rail project linking BIA with Fort

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=47925

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In order to capitalize on the rapid growth of the tourist industry, a Malaysian company has decided to invest in a Metro Train System, which would connect Colombo Fort with the Bandaranaike International Airport. The project cost is estimated at around US$ 600 million and funds would be raised via an equity issue.

Airport Express Air and Rail Company (AEARC) of Malaysia would invest in the project which would see the distance between the two points being covered in 25 minutes......

Srilankan1
21-03-2012, 02:06 PM
BIA not ranked

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan

One of the busiest and upgraded airports in the Asian region, the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is not ranked nor is it in the fray for any ranking even with the Airports Council International (ACI) which ranks airports based on safety, security, environment, airport service quality, airport economics, facilitation and technology.

“While the physical infrastructure of BIA has improved vastly, the organization is now showing the ill effects of abuse of power for political and venal purposes, and the creeping recolonization by government mindsets,” said Prof. Rohan Samarajiva, former Sri Lanka Telecommunications regulator.
However, BIA Chairman Prasanna Wickramasuriya said that in 2010, the BIA was ranked 4th in the world for Safety and Regulation by the Interna- tional Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

“We were awarded the fourth place in the world for Safety and Regulations by ICAO. But we did not highlight this rating,” he said adding that the other criteria were not rated. “We are planning to go with the rating and we are working on it. Now we are into improving the quality of the BIA systems.”

http://www.lakbimanews.lk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4943:bia-not-ranked&catid=35:news-features&Itemid=37

highflyer
21-03-2012, 11:36 PM
Mattala International Airport

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unique
23-03-2012, 08:29 PM
Express train from BIA to Colombo from 2016

Read this http://www.nation.lk/edition/todays-news/item/4096-express-train-from-bia-to-colombo-from-2016.html

skyline
23-03-2012, 08:39 PM
Express train from BIA to Colombo from 2016

Read this http://www.nation.lk/edition/todays-news/item/4096-express-train-from-bia-to-colombo-from-2016.html

I came across this site http://www.airportexpress.lk/

Serendib
24-03-2012, 07:30 AM
I came across this site http://www.airportexpress.lk/

http://www.airportexpress.lk/images/banner_imags/00.jpg

airportexpress.lk

Serendib
24-03-2012, 07:32 AM
Express train from BIA to Colombo from 2016

Read this http://www.nation.lk/edition/todays-news/item/4096-express-train-from-bia-to-colombo-from-2016.html

Explore the route
http://www.airportexpress.lk/imagegallery.php

uthum
26-03-2012, 11:42 AM
Hambantota Airport receives its IATA code (HTT) - http://airlineindustryreview.com/hambantota-airport-receives-its-iata-code/

Max
29-03-2012, 04:10 AM
Sri Lanka to open sea plane landing facility near airport next month

Sri Lanka is expediting the work on building a sea plane landing facility in Seeduwa Dadugam Oya near the country's international airport in Katunayake.

The facility will have an access road and a terminal facility to take the tourists arriving in the country directly from the airport to their desired resorts elsewhere in the country.

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_12/Mar28_1332952019CH.php

highflyer
29-03-2012, 11:52 AM
Japan grants US$ 510 million loan to Sri Lanka for social and economic development
Wed, Mar 28, 2012, 11:45 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 28, Colombo: The government of Japan today announced that it has provided Sri Lanka with a loan package of approximately Rs. 66 billion rupees (42.477 billion Yen) for three projects to aimed to facilitate the social and economic development initiatives in the country.

Ambassador of Japan Nobuhito Hobo on behalf of the Government of Japan and Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Planning Dr. P.B. Jayasundera on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka signed the loan agreement Wednesday, March 28th at the Ministry of a Finance and Planning in Colombo.

Under the Phase 2 of the Bandaranaike International Airport Development Project approximately Rs. 45 billion of the loan will be provided to improve and modernize the facilities of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and construct a second passenger terminal in order to cope with the increased air traffic and transform the airport as a main commercial and business hub in the region, a press release by the Embassy of Japan in Colombo said.

In the earlier phase Japan provided Rs. 19 billion to improve the facilities of the airport including among others the construction of a modern departure passenger terminal that is currently in use.

Approximately Rs. 6 billion) will be provided to improve the health facilities in the country under the 'Project for Improvement of Basic Social Services Targeting Emerging Regions'.

This portion of the loan is to be used to strengthen the drug production capacity of the State Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Corporation (SPMC), upgrade facilities of secondary hospitals in Central, Sabaragamuwa, North Western and Eastern Provinces to function as core hospitals and to provide around 125 ambulances to rural hospitals.

Under this project a building will be constructed and refurnished modern machinery will be installed to locally manufacture drugs to alleviate the drug shortages in state hospitals.

The third project will receive approximately Rs. 15 billion to construct the 220 KV Transmission Line from Habarana to Veyangoda to improve the stability and reliability of the transmission system, to cater to the growing demand of electricity in the country, and to increase efficiency in the power sector.

The three projects are in line with the needs identified by the Sri Lankan government, Japan said.

The loans under this scheme are offered on highly concessionary terms and conditions and are administered by Japan's International Cooperation Agency.

"This year Japan and Sri Lanka commemorate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and these projects are symbolic in terms of Japan�s long-term cooperation in Sri Lanka's overall development process and strengthening the bonds of goodwill between our two countries, " the Embassy said in its statement.

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_12/Mar28_1332958546CH.php

banuthev
31-03-2012, 10:03 AM
Mattala International Airport

http://oi39.tinypic.com/35mkv47.jpg

I thought the HTT terminal is going to be something like this - http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2010/08/15/z_p-08-Mattala-01.jpg

lordvader
01-04-2012, 04:44 AM
AFAIK the picture Highflyer provided is what it will look like when it opens (Stage 1). Once the airport is expanded after a few years it will look like your picture (Stage 2). Not entirely sure so correct me if Im wrong. :eek:

4R-ADA
01-04-2012, 09:54 AM
Sri lanka- 41 Billion Rupees to develop the Bandaranaike International Airport 30-3-2012


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU_8yKaMrcM

tharinds
01-04-2012, 10:33 AM
TOWER TOP VIEW - Colombo International Airport (IATA: CMB, ICAO: VCBI)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7fGM_MwMLo

banuthev
01-04-2012, 10:41 AM
OMG !! It looks like the aircraft movements have been increased so much at CMB. Any idea when will CMB expansion project starts ??

tharinds
01-04-2012, 10:47 AM
http://www.island.lk/modules/modPublication/article_title_images/jpg

Srilankan1
01-04-2012, 11:17 AM
TOWER TOP VIEW - Colombo International Airport (IATA: CMB, ICAO: VCBI)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7fGM_MwMLo

Great I mean really a great video.

I Always wanted to see CMB with full of aircrafts.Thanks for sharing this.

4R-ADA
05-04-2012, 06:10 PM
Sri Lanka airport lounge opened by Emirates

Apr 05, 2012 (LBO) - Dubai-based Emirates had built 200 million rupee lounge for its first and business class passengers, at Sri Lanka's Bandaranaike International Airport, near the capital Colombo, the airline said.

"Emirates is one of the most active carriers serving Colombo, with 28 flights a week," Chandana de Silva, area manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives said in a statement.

"This makes the Emirates lounge a tangible value addition to passengers departing or transiting at the BIA.

"Our investment in this facility reflects the continuing commitment of Emirates to its operations in Sri Lanka, as well as our optimism about the potential of the destination."

The 5,778-square-foot lounge is similar to 30 others international airports around the world. It can accommodate up to 118 passengers.

The lounge has leather armchairs, a dining area for 54 people, a business centre an outdoor terrace overlooking airside with seating, a TV viewing area, a prayer room, Wi-Fi, shower facilities, and washrooms for males, females and disabled.

http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/fullstory.php?nid=1931558339

highflyer
06-04-2012, 04:55 PM
Sri Lanka airport lounge opened by Emirates

Apr 05, 2012 (LBO) - Dubai-based Emirates had built 200 million rupee lounge for its first and business class passengers, at Sri Lanka's Bandaranaike International Airport, near the capital Colombo, the airline said.

"Emirates is one of the most active carriers serving Colombo, with 28 flights a week," Chandana de Silva, area manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives said in a statement.

"This makes the Emirates lounge a tangible value addition to passengers departing or transiting at the BIA.

"Our investment in this facility reflects the continuing commitment of Emirates to its operations in Sri Lanka, as well as our optimism about the potential of the destination."

The 5,778-square-foot lounge is similar to 30 others international airports around the world. It can accommodate up to 118 passengers.

The lounge has leather armchairs, a dining area for 54 people, a business centre an outdoor terrace overlooking airside with seating, a TV viewing area, a prayer room, Wi-Fi, shower facilities, and washrooms for males, females and disabled.

http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/fullstory.php?nid=1931558339

Any pics of new EK lounge?

4R-ADA
08-04-2012, 04:31 PM
Emirates invests in own premium lounge at BIA

http://www.ft.lk/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/EK-BIA-Lounge-2-email.jpg

Award-winning carrier spends Rs. 200 m on plush dedicated facility for First and Business Class passengers and Skywards Gold members

Emirates has opened its own dedicated passenger lounge at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake (BIA), becoming the first international airline to invest in such a facility at the BIA.

Completed at a cost of Rs. 200 million, the Emirates lounge on the second floor of the Arrivals Terminal is exclusively for the use of the airline’s First and Business Class passengers and Gold members of Skywards, its frequent flyer programme.

The 5,778-square-foot space is designed, equipped and furnished to the exacting specifications developed for Emirates lounges at 30 other major international airports around the world. It can accommodate up to 118 passengers in comfort, helping further cushion them from travel weariness.

“Emirates is one of the most active carriers serving Colombo, with 28 flights a week,” said Chandana de Silva, Emirates Area Manager Sri Lanka & Maldives. “This makes the Emirates lounge a tangible value addition to passengers departing or transiting at the BIA. Our investment in this facility reflects the continuing commitment of Emirates to its operations in Sri Lanka, as well as our optimism about the potential of the destination.”

The Emirates lounge at the BIA features 58 leather armchairs, a dining area for 54 people, a Business Centre with seating for six, an outdoor terrace overlooking airside with seating, a well-stocked bar, a TV viewing area with the choice of most of the international channels, a dedicated prayer room, shower facilities, and washrooms for males, females and disabled. It offers buffet dining for all meals and Wi-Fi facilities.

http://www.ft.lk/2012/04/06/emirates...lounge-at-bia/

highflyer
14-04-2012, 11:48 PM
Sri Lanka positioning as cargo hub
http://www.impactpub.com.au/aircargo/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9356&Itemid=60


I feel it can develop like Singapore and Hong Kong, as a service centre and cargo hub

4R-ADA
21-04-2012, 09:56 AM
The construction of the airport is almost complete with about 90 per cent of the airfield, the surrounding road network and a water tower nearing completion. The airport control tower, passenger terminal, cargo terminal and fire and rescue facilities are about 50 per cent complete. Mattala Airport spreading across a 2,000 hectare land area is being built at an estimated cost of USD 209 million.

unique
23-04-2012, 09:06 PM
Second phase development of Colombo International Airport.
http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/04/24/bus01.asp

4R-ADA
05-05-2012, 12:08 PM
Guys anybody has new photos from BIA with lots of UL Aircrafts around??

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/398320_10150772011123555_739693554_9430678_2055019 494_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/562457_10150772432398555_739693554_9431501_5258010 96_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/523823_10150772434563555_739693554_9431507_2033339 25_n.jpg

sakith gayashan wjesinghe added new photos

Srilankan1
05-05-2012, 11:28 PM
wow.many many thanks bro.

really appriciated.

banuthev
06-05-2012, 03:35 PM
wow.many many thanks bro.

really appriciated.

Glad to see CMB tarmac filled with many UL aircraft. Any update on the second terminal for CMB ?

Tanveer
10-05-2012, 09:20 PM
Here are some pictures from my latest trip to Columbo! Hope you like them!

Royal Jordanian Airlines A330
http://861_c.jpg

Jet Airways B737
http://862_c.jpg

Edelweiss Air A333
http://863_c.jpg

SriLankan Airlines
http://864_c.jpg

http://865_c.jpg

http://866_c.jpg

http://867_c.jpg



Greetings from Pakistan!

kenkari
10-05-2012, 11:01 PM
Here are some pictures from my latest trip to Columbo! Hope you like them!

Royal Jordanian Airlines A330
http://861_c.jpg

Jet Airways B737
http://862_c.jpg

Edelweiss Air A333
http://863_c.jpg

SriLankan Airlines
http://864_c.jpg

http://865_c.jpg

http://866_c.jpg

http://867_c.jpg



Greetings from Pakistan!

I cant see them :(

uthum
11-05-2012, 01:49 AM
I cant see them :(

I can't see them either

SpookyFlyer
11-05-2012, 03:33 AM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/s720x720/552053_336533429741172_100001535529343_933161_9685 55428_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/s720x720/528658_349384728456042_100001535529343_961678_1492 946831_n.jpg
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=336532519741263&set=a.131190686942115.20368.100001535529343&type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=336533016407880&set=a.131190686942115.20368.100001535529343&type=3&theater

umedhah
11-05-2012, 04:25 AM
Here are some pictures from my latest trip to Columbo! Hope you like them!

Royal Jordanian Airlines A330
http://861_c.jpg

Jet Airways B737
http://862_c.jpg

Edelweiss Air A333
http://863_c.jpg

SriLankan Airlines
http://864_c.jpg

http://865_c.jpg

http://866_c.jpg

http://867_c.jpg



Greetings from Pakistan!


Cant see it :(

Tanveer
11-05-2012, 06:07 AM
Cant see it :(

Does anyone know how to post pictures on this forum?

ecureilx
11-05-2012, 06:48 AM
Tanveer: you need to host your pictures on some host like imageshack, and then copy and paste the URL of the picture, within the ... tags

or copy and paste the "PUBLIC URL" of the facebook page, if you are hosting on facebook, as above, within the img tags

4R-ADA
15-05-2012, 09:51 PM
http://www.dailynews.lk/2011/09/07/bus01.asp

When will the BIA domestic terminal be completed??

unique
16-05-2012, 08:05 PM
The expansion of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake has been expedited. A new terminal is being built at the BIA to accommodate eight flights.

Construction of the second international airport in Mattala of Hambantota district is also nearing completion and expected to be declared open for international aviation by the end of this year.

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_12/May17_1337193732CH.php

highflyer
18-05-2012, 11:26 AM
http://www.dfnionline.com/article/World-Duty-Free-Group-refurbishes-Sri-Lanka-store-1862833.html

World Duty Free Group (WDFG) has refurbished its store in Colombo airport... The 140sq m store was officially inaugurated by airport and aviation services chairman Prasanna Wickramasuriya...

Tanveer
19-05-2012, 08:26 AM
http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/54562pg

http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/54626160.jpg

http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/542610pg

http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/54511jpg

http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/542612jpg

Serendib
20-05-2012, 05:54 AM
Mini seaplane airport opens tomorrow

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2012/05/20/fea10.asp

Serendib
20-05-2012, 07:45 PM
A programme has been developed to develop domestic airports.

http://www.slbc.lk/index.php/component/content/article/1-latest-news/11056-a-programme-has-been-developed-to-develop-domestic-airports-

Ministry of Civil Aviation has launched a programme to develop domestic airports in the island. A sum of 750 million rupees has been allocated for this purpose. Under the programme Ratmalana airport will be developed as a major domestic airport.

Minister Priyankara Jayarathne says two domestic airports will be setup in Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. This will help the foreigners arriving in Sri Lanka to reach any part of the island within a short period. The minister added that Sri Lankan airlines will be made a profitable venture within next 5 years.

Take a look at HIA Website : www.hia.lk

ecureilx
21-05-2012, 02:26 AM
Mini seaplane airport opens tomorrow

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2012/05/20/fea10.asp

I am a bit curious .. what do these guys smoke ? no offense .. but .. the following had me in stitches .. never did I know that sea planes have such long 'legs' ..

“We are planning to raise the standard of the mini sea plane airstrip to international level and even allowed private operators to land here. We also expect sea planes from other countries such as the Maldives to land here,” Minister of Aviation Priyankara Jayaratne said.

mrpanini
02-06-2012, 03:07 PM
BIA's new terminal......


http://www.development.lk/media/images/news/z_bus350.jpg

skyline
02-06-2012, 11:52 PM
Thanks mrpanini,

BIA new terminal to accommodate 6 m passengers - http://www.development.lk/news.php?news=1702

thivaharan
02-06-2012, 11:57 PM
BIA's new terminal......

wow awesome ... any idea when they are going to process this plan ?

menaka
03-06-2012, 06:33 AM
I think when Mattala is ready. Then flights will be diverted to Mattala until BIA is done ...so I hear :)

thivaharan
03-06-2012, 06:35 AM
hahahahaha now only i got the point they wanted to market Mattala airport.
so now they got a good idea to close BIA ....

skyline
03-06-2012, 12:05 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pU_8yKaMrcM

banuthev
03-06-2012, 12:39 PM
BIA's new terminal......

Hi mrpanini - Welcome to Air Sri Lanka Forum, I can be able to see that CMB's new Terminal going to be built where Cargo Area presently located. So do you know where they are planning to park the Freight flights ?


hahahahaha now only i got the point they wanted to market Mattala airport.
so now they got a good idea to close BIA ....

It's no way CMB will be fully-closed during the construction period because HTT can't handle all the CMB-aircraft-traffic since HTT is going to be having only 2 airbridges and 5 or 6 aircraft-stands when Phase I complete in November 2012. Anyway I will be happy if they permanently transfer the Airforce base to HTT. ;)

HTT Terminal will look like this in the Phase I completion in November 2012


http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/426422_10150541655313208_2081639981_n.jpg

mrpanini
03-06-2012, 02:46 PM
Hi mrpanini - Welcome to Air Sri Lanka Forum, I can be able to see that CMB's new Terminal going to be built where Cargo Area presently located. So do you know where they are planning to park the Freight flights ?

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It seems like the new terminal might be able to fit in next to the current passenger terminal. And there's space to expand the apron westwards to accommodate freight flights.


http://oi49.tinypic.com/117vjq0.jpg

http://oi47.tinypic.com/2bzmtd.jpg

4R-ADA
03-06-2012, 02:52 PM
Sri Lanka airport agency to call proposals for BOT hotel: report

June 03, 2012 (LBO) - Sri Lanka is to call proposals for a luxury hotel near the island's Bandaranaike International Airport, north of the capital Colombo, to be constructed on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis, a media report said.

The Sunday Times newspaper said the Airport and Aviations Services Limited, a state agency that owns and operates the airport would give land and charge a land rental and a concession free on the hotel's revenue.
The newspaper said China Harbour Corporation, a contractor that is already involved in many Chinese funded projects is the front runner, followed by Quant International Ltd, a British firm and Fico (Pvt) Ltd, which is Sri Lanka based.

The Sunday Times, citing an unnamed aviation ministry source said the cabinet of ministers had approved the BOT plan after an earlier attempt to build a luxury hotel by AASL was scrapped for lack of funds.

The airport agency is scrambling to expand capacity at Katunayake after aircraft and passenger movements zoomed following the end of a 30-year war.

http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/fullstory.php?nid=816915228

Serendib
03-06-2012, 05:35 PM
http://oi49.tinypic.com/2nbyek4.jpg

banuthev
03-06-2012, 06:26 PM
News 360 reporting JICA loan for CMB improvements.....

http://www.news360.lk/economy/sri-lanka-to-receive-a-japanese-loan-to-modernize-its-only-intl-airport-9956

No details on what can be done with the amount - will that include 2nd runway too??


Unlikely for second runway.

Logic says the 2nd runway should be angled, unless due to space constraints, it can be parallel

For both, there is lack of space - Airforce, FTZ .. and all and more ..

Unless the carve out space far away from the main runway and put up a backup runway a bit away with proper taxiway ..

I do understand CMB does not have much space available for expansion unless government move the airforce from CMB to HTT.

Serendib
04-06-2012, 07:23 AM
BIA expansion master plan

http://www.airport-technology.com/projects/bandaranaikeinternat/

The remaining Phase II works are underway, and include

- the construction of a second pier with two-levels of airbridges for arriving and departing passengers
- a 104,000m² passenger terminal building.

The terminal is scheduled to begin construction in 2011 and is expected to be completed by 2016. In 2012, work is expected to begin on a second runway at Bandaranaike International Airport to support the Airbus A380.

In addition, a multistorey car park, a 50-room transit hotel and a remote aircraft apron area are a part of the Phase II works. After the expansion, BIA's capacity is expected to double to 12 million passengers a year.

Runway

The Bandaranaike international airport has a single runway (04/22) with asphalt surface. The take-off and landing distances of the runway are 3,441m and 3,350m respectively. The overall length of the runway is 91m. There is a plan to construct a second runway to support the Airbus A380. The construction is expected to begin in 2012.

highflyer
04-06-2012, 07:53 AM
BIA's new terminal......


http://www.development.lk/media/images/news/z_bus350.jpg

mrpanini, is this main terminal from 2016?? :)

banuthev
04-06-2012, 11:14 AM
BIA expansion master plan
Runway

The Bandaranaike international airport has a single runway (04/22) with asphalt surface. The take-off and landing distances of the runway are 3,441m and 3,350m respectively. The overall length of the runway is 91m. There is a plan to construct a second runway to support the Airbus A380. The construction is expected to begin in 2012.

What do you think of building second runway like below? Share your opinions guys?

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7235/7334566366_9a663d563d_z.jpg

SpookyFlyer
04-06-2012, 11:33 AM
What do you think of building second runway like below? Share your opinions guys?

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7235/7334566366_9a663d563d_z.jpg

OMG! Hell no Banu! I'll lose my Home :O And there is a Railway station just ahead of the runway though!

menaka
04-06-2012, 11:43 AM
All I know for sure (from a pilots point of curiosity) is that the ILS on RWY22 has been removed! Now pilots have to do only VOR apps for 22. Im not sure whether they will take it (its kinda old) to MAT. Little by little the dismantling will take place I suppoz?.. Not sure of the plans ..will post when I get some info..:)

menaka
04-06-2012, 12:10 PM
Chairman AASL is trying to move the SLAF to one side of RML and have Civil Aviation on the BATA side. The speed of this entire process is a loooooong wait and see :) The SLAF is there to stay..they aint going nowhere! Thus it will be like KAT..shared aerodrome.

lordvader
05-06-2012, 01:44 AM
OMG! Hell no Banu! I'll lose my Home :O And there is a Railway station just ahead of the runway though!

LOL you better start looking for a new home soon haha! Na only kidding!

@Banu: Nice photoshop! I reckon it looks good but wouldnt the runways have to be further apart for safety reasons? They could even still maintain the SLAF base between the two runways if this ever goes ahead. IMHO they will probably expand Mattala more since there is more room there. They really shouldve thought of the future and rebuilt CMB in another location at once with more room to expand.

ecureilx
05-06-2012, 08:02 AM
Most airport runways, unless they have space, are put at different angles simply based on the wind patterns .. of course, with both parallel, you can safely operate - one for take off and one for landings ...

Like Changi ..

Or take off on both / land on both like LAX :)

Of course, there are some airports, where the second runway is like two kilometer away, and a looooong taxi back to the terminal .. saves the trouble if one runway is blocked or unserviceable ..

mrpanini
06-06-2012, 04:30 PM
mrpanini, is this main terminal from 2016?? :)

Yes it is.

highflyer
08-06-2012, 03:51 AM
For Lanka’s speed train project beginning in Sept.:

Investors raise US$ 650m

http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/06/08/z_pi-Investors01.jpg

Shirajiv SIRIMANE

The construction of the much awaited and long due Express train link from Fort to Colombo International Airport and other related development work for the project will commence by end of 2012.

The feasibility study of the project conducted by the KPMG of India has now being completed and the investor consortium had also managed to raise US $ 650 million for the project also under lining the global investor confidence for a novel project of this nature for Sri Lanka. Chairman, Airport Express Air and Rail Company Limited, Dr. Praimmalan Rajo Isa Michael said that they have found investors as well as suppliers for the project.

Dr. Praimmalan Michael. Picture Sumanachandra Ariyawansa

He said that it was easy to market this project, as the would be international investors are following the massive post war development in Sri Lanka and are confident that this project would be a success.” He said that this has prompted the company to look at similar express train projects in other SAARC countries which do not have a ‘speed train’ link of this nature.

He said that this is a viable investment since it is backed by hotels, shopping malls and other entertainment projects. The proposed Lotus station in the Fort would be a first in the SAARC region, providing all entertainment facilities, attracting a transit passenger to visit to Fort and enjoy these luxuries before catching the flight.

The Lotus Terminal site will comprise an architecturally modern and versatile 32-storey tower, which would function as a city centre for the local or foreign business person, who would be spending a few days in the capital city. Dr. Michael said, the next they would take is the proposal for the Board of Investment approval and construction would start by next September.

“We hope to complete the project in less than three years,” he said. The track would be constructed parallel to the main Expressway along the 30-metre reservation area, a distance of 30 kilometers, the journey would take less than 20 minutes. The train would have special seating with adequate space to store luggage. It would also have special seating for disabled passengers.

http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/06/08/bus01.asp

banuthev
08-06-2012, 04:45 AM
I was under the impression that Malaysian Company going to do this project with USD $ 600 Mn but now this news say the project conducted by KPMG of India for USD $ 650 Mn.

Does anyone of you know more about this project? Are they also going to get a new Train-sets for this express service? Just curious! :)


For Lanka’s speed train project beginning in Sept.:

Investors raise US$ 650m

http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/06/08/z_pi-Investors01.jpg

Shirajiv SIRIMANE

The construction of the much awaited and long due Express train link from Fort to Colombo International Airport and other related development work for the project will commence by end of 2012.

http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/06/08/bus01.asp

Srilankan1
08-06-2012, 10:19 PM
I was under the impression that Malaysian Company going to do this project with USD $ 600 Mn but now this news say the project conducted by KPMG of India for USD $ 650 Mn.

Does anyone of you know more about this project? Are they also going to get a new Train-sets for this express service? Just curious! :)

This is another joke bro.Forget it.

GOSL is not in a position to run the normal Train Service in Srilanka.How they are gonna do something like this?

lordvader
09-06-2012, 03:17 AM
This is another joke bro.Forget it.

GOSL is not in a position to run the normal Train Service in Srilanka.How they are gonna do something like this?

LOL I think it would be run by a private company, so the government would have no involvement with it. But yeh, I doubt it would be built. The images on their website are directly from the California HSR website. If you have committed $650m towards a project, you normally would have done a proper detailed design on the project.

banuthev
09-06-2012, 09:32 AM
LOL I think it would be run by a private company, so the government would have no involvement with it. But yeh, I doubt it would be built. The images on their website are directly from the California HSR website. If you have committed $650m towards a project, you normally would have done a proper detailed design on the project.

They do have a project website : http://www.airportexpress.lk/ . It appears to be that this express service to be operated by the private firm.

ecureilx
11-06-2012, 02:51 AM
They do have a project website : http://www.airportexpress.lk/ . It appears to be that this express service to be operated by the private firm.

What is very wierd is that .. during the previous attempt at Airport Express, they were run like - twice a day or so ?

If your flight is at 1 pm, the morning train is at 8 AM and then evening at 5 PM, pray, what would you do ?

Go at 8 Am and wait it out ?

Shouldn't they be doing shuttles ? hourly or half hourly ?

Maybe the bus-train concept with lesser seats may be a better choice

mrpanini
13-06-2012, 02:25 AM
For Lanka’s speed train project beginning in Sept.:

Investors raise US$ 650m

http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/06/08/z_pi-Investors01.jpg

http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/06/08/bus01.asp



The image above and the Airport Express website ( http://www.airportexpress.lk/Project.php) train images are copied from the California High Speed Rail ( http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/ ) website. They've photoshopped the words "CALIFORNIA" out the images.


http://www.usrailroad.net/images/article_11_jpg

This Airport Express website is way beyond the usual Sri Lankan exaggeration; it's an outright intentional misrepresentation. Airport Express actually claim in their website that they will build a massive suspension bridge over Colombo and I quote:

" the most enthralling glimpse of the Colombo Harbour from the 3.5 km Suspension Bridge which will be the longest in Asia similar to the one in California USA the famous Golden Gate. "
http://www.airportexpress.lk/Project.php

Praetorian
13-06-2012, 04:14 AM
Finally saw for myself the on going construction for the CMB-KIA expressway and it seems to be going at a fast rate, which is good.

Couldn't take any pictures as we were going prettty fast and i was too tired to ask the driver to slow down.

SpookyFlyer
13-06-2012, 07:02 AM
Finally saw for myself the on going construction for the CMB-KIA expressway and it seems to be going at a fast rate, which is good.

Couldn't take any pictures as we were going prettty fast and i was too tired to ask the driver to slow down.

Yep, They are ready to build the Flyover! But however Those Old Trees are gone :(
well, I'll try to take some pics soon....

highflyer
19-06-2012, 08:50 PM
UL, Lufthansa Technik to launch MRO at HIA - http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/06/20/bus01.asp

banuthev
19-06-2012, 11:08 PM
UL, Lufthansa Technik to launch MRO at HIA - http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/06/20/bus01.asp

It is very essential that 2nd MRO facility should be built in Sri Lanka, as the CMB-Hanger is getting busier with a growing UL Fleet and overseas clients including Airblue, Goair, Indigo, RoyalJet.. On the other hand , expanding SriLankan Engineering facilities will create more jobs and boost the country's economy. Also Gulf air-carriers will be started using HTT as a technical stop for their flights operates to Australasia.

@ mrpanini - Do you have any latest pictures from HTT construction ?

mrpanini
22-06-2012, 01:34 PM
HIA

Car parking is on the right. Aircraft apron will be to the left.
http://hia.lk/images/news/con4.jpg

http://hia.lk/images/news/con5.jpg

highflyer
26-06-2012, 06:09 AM
HIA

Car parking is on the right. Aircraft apron will be to the left.
http://hia.lk/images/news/con4.jpg

http://hia.lk/images/news/con5.jpg

Delay in Mattala Airport opening
http://www.sundaytimes.lk/120624/business-times/delay-in-mattala-airport-opening-3859.html

highflyer
26-06-2012, 06:15 AM
Construction tenders for US$ 350mn BIA phase 2 this week

* Capacity to handle 12 mn passengers in 2015
* Arrivals and departures on two floors with rail links :cool:
* Mattala with 1 mn capacity to be link to expatriate workers, tourists, luxury yachts, aviation repair hub

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=55214

highflyer
04-07-2012, 08:28 PM
Bandaranaike international airport
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pontfire/7226176702/sizes/o/in/photostream/

banuthev
10-07-2012, 06:26 AM
Bandaranaike international airport
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pontfire/7226176702/sizes/o/in/photostream/

It looks like there is enough space for expansion.

mrpanini
11-07-2012, 06:18 PM
It looks like there is enough space for expansion.




http://oi47.tinypic.com/2r6pqqf.jpg (http://oi46.tinypic.com/2cegfox.jpg)

http://oi46.tinypic.com/1zztd2v.jpg (http://oi48.tinypic.com/2yplt9t.jpg)

highflyer
11-07-2012, 08:57 PM
http://i40.tinypic.com/15db8nq.jpg

carlos
11-07-2012, 09:05 PM
^^ Where is this airport?

Praetorian
11-07-2012, 10:38 PM
^^ Where is this airport?

BIA/Colombo airport :)

carlos
12-07-2012, 04:57 AM
BIA/Colombo airport :)

Thankz, I flew to the Maldives via this Colombo Airport several years ago. The only concern is transit at Colombo as the security situation isn't bright due to Tamil-lankan government conflict.

Tanveer
14-07-2012, 09:09 AM
Karachi - Colombo - Kuala Lumpur flight

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhZ3CPhqQbA&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDe6PeUu0Fw&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKSOm2qRryg&feature=relmfu

Srilankan1
16-07-2012, 03:02 PM
Domestic Airports in the East to be expanded

The government has taken measures to develop the domestic airports in the Eastern Province. Accordingly the domestic airports in the Ampara, Batticaloa and Trincomalee districts will be developed facilitating them to handle landing of larger aircrafts.

These measures have been taken to facilities the visiting Commonwealth Heads of States to tour the Eastern Province. Sri Lanka is hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2013 and it will bring the leaders of 54 member countries of the Commonwealth to the country.

The runways of the three domestic airports will be extended under the project. Trincomalee airport is to be developed to handle military and civil aircrafts separately as well.

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting will be the largest international event to be held in Sri Lanka with the participation of a large number of Heads of States after the 5th Summit of the Non Aligned Movement held in Sri Lanka in 1976 under the patronage of the then Sri Lankan Prime Minister Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike. (niz)

http://www.news.lk/news/sri-lanka/2590-domestic-airports-in-the-east-to-be-expanded

Praetorian
16-07-2012, 07:47 PM
Lot of development work taking place at SLAF Iranamadu.

Perhaps the SLAF Katunayake air base operations will be moved here, which would give plenty of space for Katunayake international airport expansion.


http://airforce.lk/uploads/news/aoc_iranamadu_2012/26.jpg

http://airforce.lk/uploads/news/aoc_iranamadu_2012/31.jpg

http://airforce.lk/uploads/news/aoc_iranamadu_2012/33.jpg


Images from: http://airforce.lk/news.php?news=1068

menaka
17-07-2012, 06:14 AM
:D:D wishful thinking! Truth is SLAF aint goin nowhere! :D:D:D:D

Praetorian
18-07-2012, 05:32 PM
:D:D wishful thinking! Truth is SLAF aint goin nowhere! :D:D:D:D

I don't want the SLAF to go anywhere either, the Katunayake air base has a significant historical role and should be preserved.

However i think everyone would prefer a "down grading" of the air base.

Keeping vital assets of the nation, such as the fighter aircraft, transport craft, helicopters, ordinance and Military hanger/engineering facilities in public view has massive security implications by itself.

Moving the base facilities and functions to Iranamadu has many many many advantages in terms of defence and LONG term security of the nation (to elaborate this point moving the air base to Iranamadu will attract a lot of people to that location) the benefits go beyond the straight forward military presence and are in the long term a massive advantage.

migara
18-07-2012, 10:26 PM
I don't want the SLAF to go anywhere either, the Katunayake air base has a significant historical role and should be preserved.

However i think everyone would prefer a "down grading" of the air base.

Keeping vital assets of the nation, such as the fighter aircraft, transport craft, helicopters, ordinance and Military hanger/engineering facilities in public view has massive security implications by itself.

Moving the base facilities and functions to Iranamadu has many many many advantages in terms of defence and LONG term security of the nation (to elaborate this point moving the air base to Iranamadu will attract a lot of people to that location) the benefits go beyond the straight forward military presence and are in the long term a massive advantage.

What I think is that SLAF KAT has been there since the British and it is a Iconic Aerodrome for SLAF since its creation. So they might keep it there and also the No-02 fighter command is there too which is a strategical importance for the country's security moving the SLAF with the fighter squadrons to RAT will be a issue since especially the Kaffir's and the Mig's require at-least a 2mile long runway for takeoff and landing. already the Mi-24's are stationed in higuraggoda which is covering the northern sector in an emergency. putting another runway will be a great idea but removing the SLAF from there will be an issue when it comes to it's inventory and their operations.

Praetorian
21-07-2012, 09:30 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkhoiYiDnTw

Praetorian
23-07-2012, 11:56 PM
You can see the Katunayake expressway. This was filmed in January 2012, so you can see the progress in construction.

Katunayake expressway is around 3:20 minute mark.

Bonus: You can see Kfir fighter planes nicely lined up in a whats a lovely shot between 7:00-9:00 minute mark.

Camera is a bit shakey.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALxrsdRovSc

highflyer
26-07-2012, 06:18 AM
New security system implemented at Sri Lanka's airport to identify criminals - http://www.colombopage.com/archive_12A/Jul26_1343275089CH.php

Srilankan1
26-07-2012, 12:00 PM
New security system implemented at Sri Lanka's airport to identify criminals - http://www.colombopage.com/archive_12A/Jul26_1343275089CH.php

If its really working properly none of the ministers wont go through this :P

Praetorian
28-07-2012, 04:55 PM
Hambantota Airport videos. Looks very good, i like the design, its unique.

However i highly doubt it will be finished by November this year.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7d83DY7v6g&feature=relmfu


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06GiJu_f7bE&feature=relmfu


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOxokv13bK8&feature=plcp

banuthev
29-07-2012, 10:07 AM
Hambantota Airport videos. Looks very good, i like the design, its unique.

However i highly doubt it will be finished by November this year.

Great Videos !! Opening of HTT going to be pushed it to next year January 2013. The President wants the contruction work complete properly :-)

Does HTT have enough room for second runway and terminals expansions .. ?

Praetorian
29-07-2012, 01:32 PM
HTT has expansion built into it's design. Two concourses have been planned to be added in the near future as traffic volumes demand.

Full length paralell taxiway will be built to as part of the expansion.

Don't know if they will build a second runway, though their is plenty of space for that if needed in the future.

The current completed runway is supposed to be the longest in Asia or something like that

dilushasg-bdavi
29-07-2012, 03:36 PM
any idea what will be the numbers given to the runway at hambantota airport

highflyer
29-07-2012, 04:41 PM
http://oi47.tinypic.com/famnfm.jpg

dilushasg-bdavi
30-07-2012, 03:48 AM
Any news on the second runway at BIA?????

banuthev
30-07-2012, 09:29 PM
any idea what will be the numbers given to the runway at hambantota airport

Runway 05/23, code F. Runway lengh 3500m x 60m.


Any news on the second runway at BIA?????

No Update Yet. But CMB is not even busy to expect for a second runway. AASL was planning divide the aircraft traffic in three airports:

1. RML for domestic and private jets ;
2. HTT for LCC Flights, Cargo aircraft, MRO and technical stop for A380s (Gulf-Aussie) ;
3. CMB for passenger flights operate by legacy carriers ;

It is important AASL expand the CMB international terminal than investing on second runway. When the pax traffic increase we will see...

Praetorian
04-08-2012, 07:01 PM
Govt. to embark on Stage II of US $ 500 mn BIA expansion project

March 3, 2012, 7:27 pm

The agreement for the BIA expansion project will be signed between Finance Secretary Dr P. B. Jayasundara and JICA officials shortly.Construction is expected to be completed by 2016, Jinadasa Rajapaksa, an Ministry official said.


With the proposed expansion, the BIA passenger handling capacity would be doubled to 12 million per annum. The cargo handling capacity would also be increased to 500,000 metric tons from present capacity of 250,000 metric tons, he noted,


A new split level passenger terminal building which separates arrivals and departures vertically, a new pier with eight boarding gates and 14 passenger boarding bridges with a dedicated gate comprising two passenger boarding bridges for the operations of the new A-380 Airbus, will be included in the proposed new complex, he explained.


There would also be a remote apron and an additional nine parking stands to ease air traffic movements. There would be a tax free apparel shopping mall at the Katunayake BOI Zone to attract more business visitors to Sri Lanka.The tax free shopping mall is to be located adjacent to the arrival terminal and connected by a sky bridge, he said.


The security, administration, fire services buildings and female rest rooms for navigational staff will also be expanded along with the refurbishment of the porches and departure and arrival terminals.

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=46651



So any news on this? When is construction going to begin?

Cayman
04-08-2012, 07:38 PM
Runway 05/23, code F. Runway lengh 3500m x 60m.



No Update Yet. But CMB is not even busy to expect for a second runway. AASL was planning divide the aircraft traffic in three airports:

1. RML for domestic and private jets ;
2. HTT for LCC Flights, Cargo aircraft, MRO and technical stop for A380s (Gulf-Aussie) ;
3. CMB for passenger flights operate by legacy carriers ;

It is important AASL expand the CMB international terminal than investing on second runway. When the pax traffic increase we will see...

Actually, RML should be developed as a LCC gateway. It is a far easier gateway to Colombo city with the proposed extension of the marine drive and the construction of a Moratuwa-Fort Subway / Metro / Monorail or whatever they end up calling it.

Imagine, paying LKR 15K for a 3-4 hour LCC flight to Gulf / East Asia and having to pay another LKR 12-15K for a 10 hour taxi ride to Colombo! Might as well fly full fare in and out of CMB!

HTT is a great idea as a secondary airport and will save tons of fuel for airlines flying in to CMB when designated as the alternate. It is also great for tech stops and MRO, but when it comes to being a gateway to SL in general RML is much better positioned. RML runway could be rehabilitated (perhaps with a minor extension) to handle all commonly used narrow bodies.

Cayman
05-08-2012, 10:42 AM
^^^
I just realized that the proposed extension (in 2005 / 2006 time frame) of the RML runway did not take place and it is still at 1600 feet. This means a significant extension is needed to handle the A319/20/21/NEO and B737x/NG/MAX type aircrafts.

Still I think it is worth it, as plenty of space is available along the '22' side towards the mashes. Tree huggers and eco-mentalists must be reigned in though!

Praetorian
05-08-2012, 11:33 AM
HTT is a great idea as a secondary airport and will save tons of fuel for airlines flying in to CMB when designated as the alternate. It is also great for tech stops and MRO, but when it comes to being a gateway to SL in general RML is much better positioned. RML runway could be rehabilitated (perhaps with a minor extension) to handle all commonly used narrow bodies.

HTT can defiantly develop as such, functioning as an "industrial airport", linking up with hambantota port. Handling cargo, maintenance and providing training would greatly enhance the aviation industry in SL. It would also assist potential industrial zones proposed in the Hambantota area. Passenger traffic wise, with the East opened there is a tourism allure. Assuming everything goes right, it would take 10-20 years till this area becomes fully established as a tourist zone and reels in the numbers like Colombo. Colombo will always be the gateway to SL.

Lets hope the Government bigshots understand this; keep HTT as more of an “industrial airport”, let it develop by itself and not try to ram up passenger numbers artificially by forcing airlines to use HTT instead of Colombo just because of their vanity or the need to “prove a point” (especially to the opposition, who are just as short sighted, selfish and stupid as those in government).

Sakith
05-08-2012, 04:39 PM
So any news on this? When is construction going to begin?

dont know about stage 2. but there is a brand new departure gate opening very soon as gate no-5. and all dutyfree shops been transferd to 2nd floor from last week.

Praetorian
05-08-2012, 09:13 PM
SriLankan to add second hangar
Shirajiv SIRIMANE

SriLankan Airlines would add a second hangar to strengthen their engineering arm by the end of this year.

Cabin Maintenance Manager, SriLankan Airlines Engineering Department, D. P. Tilakaratne said that this would be situated near the ‘line maintenance’ office which would enable the free movement of aircraft without disturbing overall flight movements at the airport.

He said that one of the main reasons to go in for a second hangar is the high demand SriLankan Engineering is getting from third party airlines. “Our clean unblemished track record is of very high esteem and many airlines in the region including India and Pakistan send their aircraft for servicing, obtaining checks, painting and for other maintenance work.We have already carried out over 70 third party airline ‘checks which include 56 orders from Indio in India,” he said.

He added that the current hangar could house three aircraft while the new hangar could accommodate two more. “This hangar would generate additional income to the airline,” he said

http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/08/06/bus04.asp

Sakith
06-08-2012, 02:58 PM
SriLankan to add second hangar
Shirajiv SIRIMANE

SriLankan Airlines would add a second hangar to strengthen their engineering arm by the end of this year.

Cabin Maintenance Manager, SriLankan Airlines Engineering Department, D. P. Tilakaratne said that this would be situated near the ‘line maintenance’ office which would enable the free movement of aircraft without disturbing overall flight movements at the airport.

He said that one of the main reasons to go in for a second hangar is the high demand SriLankan Engineering is getting from third party airlines. “Our clean unblemished track record is of very high esteem and many airlines in the region including India and Pakistan send their aircraft for servicing, obtaining checks, painting and for other maintenance work.We have already carried out over 70 third party airline ‘checks which include 56 orders from Indio in India,” he said.

He added that the current hangar could house three aircraft while the new hangar could accommodate two more. “This hangar would generate additional income to the airline,” he said

http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/08/06/bus04.asp

It is the old 320 hanger

nasaflyer
06-08-2012, 02:58 PM
Any news on the second runway at BIA?????

There are technical reasons beyond capacity issues that make a second runway useful. For example, with one runway, if an aircraft was to block it due to an unfortunate event then ops will have to cease until the runway is cleared and made operational. This would cause a bottleneck. It appears to have happened in SL before when a IL-18 cargo plane (i think it was such) took out some lights and lost its landing gear on landing a few years ago..I am recalling from memory but it was something like that. Also, a diagonal second runway would allow the use of a runway shift to account for wind direction that would be favorable hence promoting safer operations. I have not flown into Colombo from the seat but am sure there are times in which the wind is not entirely favorable to the current fixed direction. One point of interest about the picture above, the taxiway parallel to the current runway used to be original runway. The current active is the "new" runway built sometime in the late 80s or early 90s.

Srilankan1
06-08-2012, 04:27 PM
Welcome to Our Forum Suresh.

I have seeing lot of photographs You and amazed by those.

Honour to have you here and hope you will share some of those great Aviation stuff with us.

Praetorian
06-08-2012, 05:00 PM
One point of interest about the picture above, the taxiway parallel to the current runway used to be original runway. The current active is the "new" runway built sometime in the late 80s or early 90s.

http://ipm.comxa.com/alkva/pic/alk/cmb/VCBI%20new%20runway.jpg

Praetorian
06-08-2012, 05:01 PM
Current hanger, when under construction:

http://ipm.comxa.com/alkva/pic/ul/monara/747%20Hangar.jpg

http://ipm.comxa.com/alkva/ul1.html#1979

Praetorian
13-08-2012, 03:15 PM
Regarding KIA Phase II, where a whole new terminal will be built with Japanese assistance, am I the only one who is disappointed with the current design plans? The terminal structure does not look that impressive.

If you look at Bangkok’s new airport it was also funded by Japanese assistance (loans/aid etc-whatever you want to call it). And that is one impressive design.

Can’t the same be done for Phase II at Colombo? We need a better looking design than the box and rectangle concept they've come up with.

It may cost more, but splashing out more cash for this is worth it (when you consider how much is wasted elsewhere). Peoples first and last impressions of a country are formed by the airport they enter and leave from. Colombo is NOT that impressive (compared to our competitors in the ME and South East Asia, not to mention the up and coming brilliant South Indian airports).

We need a design that looks unique.

Construction needs to happen soon if you want CMB as a hub. The current Airport as it stands is atrocious. Departures is just disgusting, nothing but ugly chaos where you are always standing in a queue from the taxi drop off all the way to the plane.

Praetorian
20-08-2012, 09:16 PM
Any new news regarding the Colombo-KIA expressway? Anyone gone that way lately? Please share any updates/developments/progress. Thanks.

skyline
24-08-2012, 08:05 PM
Ratmalana opens for international flights

The Ratmalana domestic airport has been declared open for small international commercial flights, the Civil Aviation Authority said today.

Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority H.M.C Nimalsiri said that a circular has been sent to airmen informing them that international commercial jets can now land at the Ratmalana airport.

“We declared that it is available for commercial jet operations from 10th August. We have sent a circular to airmen and people have seen it all over the world. We have started receiving inquiries so from two months from now we expect the airport to function regularly,” he said.

Earlier the Ratmalana airport, which was operated by the air force, was open only for military and domestic flights.

However Nimalsiri said that the facilities at the airport have been upgraded and an immigration and emigration counter has also been opened to cater to international commercial jets and passengers.

http://colombogazette.com/ratmalana-opens-for-international-flights-video/

banuthev
24-08-2012, 10:12 PM
Good news to hear RML is getting ready to re-commence the International Flights! I think UL should start regional services between RML and MLE, GAN, TRZ and MAA with Turboprob aircraft (ATR, Q400..). They can invite SpiceJet, Maldivian Airlines, Air India to serve RML!

As RML runway is only around 1800m they should also start expanding the runway inorder to cater Medium Hauls.. Any news about RML runway expansion ?

BTW I also heard Batticaloa airport contructions begins on 3 Sep 2012. The government has allocated Rs. 750 million for the construction of the airport. The cost for the construction of 1700- meter long tarmac, access and flight landing areas has been estimated at Rs.800 million.

88gee
26-08-2012, 12:39 PM
if they can build an undergrnd tunnel for vehicles to pass on galle road they can ectend the run way ;)

ecureilx
27-08-2012, 08:18 AM
well, what about the 'other' things on the way ?? :) Unless there is a plan to build something like Funchal Madeira ..

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Ratmalana,+Dehiwala-Mount+Lavinia,+Western+Province,+Sri+Lanka&hl=en&ll=6.83167,79.911461&spn=0.040139,0.074759&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=32.80241,76.552734&oq=ratm&hq=Ratmalana,+Dehiwala-Mount+Lavinia,+Western+Province,+Sri+Lanka&t=m&z=14

Cayman
28-08-2012, 07:34 AM
Actually, it would be a lot more practical (and economical) to extend it towards the opposite direction where there is plenty of space available.

A crude Google map calculation shows at least 700-800m of available space before getting too close to the residences near the marsh.

Such an extension would bring the runway length to 2400m (close to what 737/320 sized aircrafts needs to operate).

RML has enormous potential as a city airport to Colombo where LCCs and private aviation could thrive.

banuthev
30-08-2012, 10:40 PM
Actually, it would be a lot more practical (and economical) to extend it towards the opposite direction where there is plenty of space available.

A crude Google map calculation shows at least 700-800m of available space before getting too close to the residences near the marsh.

Such an extension would bring the runway length to 2400m (close to what 737/320 sized aircrafts needs to operate).

RML has enormous potential as a city airport to Colombo where LCCs and private aviation could thrive.

AASL was planning to shift the private jets operation from CMB to RML as CMB lacks space for commercial flights. Private Jets (bizjets) that mostly land in CMB are Gulfstream 150 and 250 . I was wondering whether these mid-size jets could manage takeoff at RML's 1833m runway ?

Serendib
02-09-2012, 04:53 PM
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-EcHETQ-5stI/TPD4C9VtalI/AAAAAAAAAPA/RkATCXv7m54/s800/65%252520View%252520frm%252520above.jpg

Srilankan1
03-09-2012, 04:19 PM
^

From where this was taken??

BTW nice and rare angle.

Praetorian
03-09-2012, 06:40 PM
That A340 looks a real beauty.

Cayman
03-09-2012, 09:39 PM
From where this was taken??

BTW nice and rare angle.

My guess would be an aborted landing or a missed approach.

Serendib
03-09-2012, 10:08 PM
I also heard Batticaloa airport contructions begins on 3 Sep 2012. The government has allocated Rs. 750 million for the construction of the airport. The cost for the construction of 1700- meter long tarmac, access and flight landing areas has been estimated at Rs.800 million.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today launched the project to construct a domestic airport in Batticaloa...
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_12A/Sep03_1346680411CH.php

http://www.colombopage.com/imgs_12A/MR09032012BA_1.jpg

http://www.colombopage.com/imgs_12A/MR09032012BA_2.jpg

Srilankan1
03-09-2012, 11:07 PM
Another election racket.

tharindu
06-09-2012, 08:55 PM
Now hitting over 160 movements a day!... — at Bandaranaike International Airport

http://oi50.tinypic.com/idwqrt.jpg (http://oi46.tinypic.com/2lwlyr7.jpg)

Praetorian
06-09-2012, 11:33 PM
Colombo Airport is not very impressive when compared to our rivals and those up and coming new South India airports.

IATA has withheld handing out official "hub status" for South Asia for more than decade, however if CMB does not get into shape fast, we'll never get it.

As things are departures at CMB really is a horrible mess. Not a pleasant experience for anyone. We are losing out fast.

The new terminal needs to be built soon.

Serendib
08-09-2012, 09:23 AM
Colombo Airport is not very impressive when compared to our rivals and those up and coming new South India airports.

IATA has withheld handing out official "hub status" for South Asia for more than decade, however if CMB does not get into shape fast, we'll never get it.

As things are departures at CMB really is a horrible mess. Not a pleasant experience for anyone. We are losing out fast.

The new terminal needs to be built soon.

Our proposed CMB terminal has a friendly and spacious feel than any south asian airports.
http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/04/24/bus01.asp

http://oi45.tinypic.com/287kfua.jpg

sm777
08-09-2012, 09:30 AM
Coming there next week...guess nothing has improved...its not that bad, its a very clean and neat airport but cannot cope with the traffic. Needs a new terminal ASAP

lordvader
08-09-2012, 09:45 AM
Our proposed CMB terminal has a friendly and spacious feel than any south asian airports.
http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/04/24/bus01.asp

http://oi45.tinypic.com/287kfua.jpg



No offence but it also looks quite outdated compared to the new airports cropping up in India and the Maldives. They need to benchmark themselves against these new airports. Problem is that this design was probably created a while back before these new airports cropped up.

In the current BIA terminal, the floor tiles dont even match. The new section is marble whereas the old section just looks old. The Arrival duty free shops need a makeover as well. More food options like KFC should be introduced. Even better if they introduced a Lankan chain like Perera and Sons into the terminal. That way home grown brands will have some international exposure.

Honestly though I probably wouldve just created a new airport from scratch. BIA has no where to grow.

banuthev
08-09-2012, 11:48 AM
Our proposed CMB terminal has a friendly and spacious feel than any south asian airports.
http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/04/24/bus01.asp

http://oi45.tinypic.com/287kfua.jpg

Any sign when this terminal-contruction going to start ?

Sakith
08-09-2012, 11:51 AM
Dont know about new terminal. But there is A litle big construction going on expanding the departure and arrival roads

NeatStuff
08-09-2012, 01:28 PM
Dont know about new terminal. But there is A litle big construction going on expanding the departure and arrival roads

Thats for the expressway

Praetorian
08-09-2012, 04:00 PM
Was checking out Bangkok's airport and how impressive it is and in the process you get to see one of our Birds also present ;)



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wguzgy81WIo

Praetorian
08-09-2012, 04:46 PM
Honestly though I probably wouldve just created a new airport from scratch. BIA has no where to grow.

The BIA land "plot" does have space for expansion.

The only problem is the position of various structures.

Building a new terminal "south" of the current terminal means destroying the cargo terminal and viewing gallery.

On the other hand there is plenty of space "north" of the terminal, but that means removing the fire station & UL hanger (maybe have all MRO operatios done at Hamba?). Further "north" there is plenty more space, but to build a new terminal there would require flattening the land to make it even and re-positioning the radar.

The options are thus to either re-locate said structures first (around the BIA land plot), or downgrade/remove the Air Base.

Personally i believe it's time to shift the Air Base entirely, and have a more a "ceremonial" base in place (as it is a important historic base/landmark regarding the war etc). This in turn gives CMB plenty of space to grow nicely as a hub.

SLAF operations at Katunakaye could be transferred to SLAF Iranamadu (which would require upgrading that runway and the facilities at that location). It's a win win: CMB gets much needed space to expand properly with a right plan, while the SLAF will get brand spanking new equipment and facilities at a new location, with a purpose built modern base.

Will cost a bundle though.

All this requires a lot of foresight, hard thinking and long term planning, which our people are not up to -especially the crop of TPTB who are entirely morons and DUDs.

lordvader
09-09-2012, 05:15 AM
The BIA land "plot" does have space for expansion.

The only problem is the position of various structures.

Building a new terminal "south" of the current terminal means destroying the cargo terminal and viewing gallery.

On the other hand there is plenty of space "north" of the terminal, but that means removing the fire station & UL hanger (maybe have all MRO operatios done at Hamba?). Further "north" there is plenty more space, but to build a new terminal there would require flattening the land to make it even and re-positioning the radar.

The options are thus to either re-locate said structures first (around the BIA land plot), or downgrade/remove the Air Base.

Personally i believe it's time to shift the Air Base entirely, and have a more a "ceremonial" base in place (as it is a important historic base/landmark regarding the war etc). This in turn gives CMB plenty of space to grow nicely as a hub.

SLAF operations at Katunakaye could be transferred to SLAF Iranamadu (which would require upgrading that runway and the facilities at that location). It's a win win: CMB gets much needed space to expand properly with a right plan, while the SLAF will get brand spanking new equipment and facilities at a new location, with a purpose built modern base.

Will cost a bundle though.

All this requires a lot of foresight, hard thinking and long term planning, which our people are not up to -especially the crop of TPTB who are entirely morons and DUDs.

Nice info, thanks for the analysis! But where would a 2nd runway go? Would they would have to acquire a lot of land for such a purpose?

Anyway looks like the tender for the construction of T2 is out on the AASL website (with a closing date in December). As a result dont expect construction to start until half way through next year (at least).

LINK: http://www.airport.lk/tenders/tender0052-T-2012.php

lankaautotrader
11-09-2012, 05:14 PM
Hi,
I am interesting to know about the new Mattala International Airport?
Does any one has much more details about that?

Praetorian
11-09-2012, 07:07 PM
If you go through it (only 7 pages so nothing to excessive) you'll find plenty of juicy articles, images, videos and discussions about Mattala airport :)

highflyer
11-09-2012, 07:53 PM
Thats for the expressway


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjIjyjSPl_0

lankaautotrader
11-09-2012, 09:09 PM
Well All looking good for the country!

highflyer
14-09-2012, 07:30 PM
Nice info, thanks for the analysis! But where would a 2nd runway go? Would they would have to acquire a lot of land for such a purpose?

Anyway looks like the tender for the construction of T2 is out on the AASL website (with a closing date in December). As a result dont expect construction to start until half way through next year (at least).

LINK: http://www.airport.lk/tenders/tender0052-T-2012.php

BIA Bidding for Stage 2 - http://airport.lk/bia/bidding_doc.php

Lot 01 PASSENEGR TERMINAL BUILDING AND ASSOCIATED WORKS
Lot 02 REMOTE APRON & SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL SYSTEM

Srilankan1
17-09-2012, 10:01 AM
Well All looking good for the country!

Do not Spam here and please remove your signature.

Advertising are not allowed here bro.

Serendib
06-10-2012, 10:42 AM
Immigration and Emigration facilities to be set up at Sri Lanka's second international airport
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_12A/Oct06_1349506549CH.php

Serendib
06-10-2012, 10:43 AM
Sri Lanka state-carrier to invest Rs200mn in flight kitchen
http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/fullstory.php?nid=1657300919

Praetorian
06-10-2012, 01:39 PM
full credit to Sundar

http://imageshack.us/a/img834/1356/img2006bz.jpg

Praetorian
09-10-2012, 12:43 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5gPwK1wREA

banuthev
09-10-2012, 09:19 PM
When did you film this video ? I am quite surprised most of the aerobridges are empty with only one or two planes.

Praetorian
10-10-2012, 01:35 PM
When did you film this video ? I am quite surprised most of the aerobridges are empty with only one or two planes.

I didn't film it.

Serendib
12-10-2012, 09:11 PM
http://imageshack.us/scaled/landing/855/32802760.jpg

lordvader
13-10-2012, 10:37 AM
I think this was a proposed design for the BIA had it been privatised back in 2003-2004:

http://www.adamson-associates.com/projects/bandaranaike-international-airport-redevelopment

Looks nice! Hopefully the new terminal can be designed in a similar way

CalgaryLankan
16-10-2012, 03:40 PM
As per Daily Mirror first test flight lands at Mattala. The aircraft is AP-CAB belongs to Pakistan Civil Aviation B200 capable of Nav Aid calibrations.

http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/22738-first-test-flight-lands-at-mattala.html

Srilankan1
16-10-2012, 03:43 PM
The first test Flight to Hambanthota International Airport.

http://admin.lankadeepa.lk/admin/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/132.gif

http://admin.lankadeepa.lk/admin/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/142.gif

Tanveer
17-10-2012, 08:20 PM
Thanks srilankan1.

Nice to see AP-CAB in Sri Lanka to perform airfield calibration work.

banuthev
17-10-2012, 09:24 PM
PAK-CAA has one of the world's most experienced unit in providing the services for the Flight Inspections and Calibrations. This Flight Inspection Unit will carryout tasks including : Site Survey, Commissioning, Periodic Inspection, Special inspection, Surveillance / Monitoring and Route Verification, According to PAK-CAA Web. These checks can take upto a week. I heard PAK-CAA shared their inspection-tools for several airfields in Sri Lanka before.

Praetorian
17-10-2012, 11:56 PM
Mattala terminal in the background

http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/9525/testflight1201.jpg

http://www.hia.lk/news16.php

Praetorian
18-10-2012, 01:41 AM
Just curious,

Whats the maximum capacity of CMB at one time? Is it 25 aircraft?

And how many flights does CMB handle a day? Is it 100?

ecureilx
18-10-2012, 07:37 AM
Banuthev: i posted this n another forum - when somebody brought up the fact that PIA is blacklisted ..


PIA was blacklisted, but then again, Pakistan Civil Aviation has the next-to-best kit (the Beachcraft for calibrating nav-aids) for air ops.

Not a bad idea.

India does have better kit, then again, it is a question if they are keen to share it ..

FYI - Indian Calibration systems ..

http://www.aai.aero/services/flight_calibration.jsp

Srilankan1
18-10-2012, 04:23 PM
Just curious,

Whats the maximum capacity of CMB at one time? Is it 25 aircraft?

And how many flights does CMB handle a day? Is it 100?

CMB's Capacity is 25 Aircrafts.Thats Correct.

Sakith
19-10-2012, 06:46 AM
But Bay Delta use for small private jets and cargo propellers. I think ther nearly 6..

Serendib
19-10-2012, 06:48 AM
Mattala Airport


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM390NGhE3c&


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl-ZBOphkio

highflyer
19-10-2012, 08:48 AM
http://www.dailymirror.lk/business/features/22816-challenges-and-future-of-air-traffic-control-in-sri-lanka-.html

Airport and Aviation Services (SL) Ltd., the air navigation service provider (ANSP) in Sri Lanka, the client of this project with the support of the Ministry of Aviation, the regulatory authority and the main contractors have taken up the challenge and are well on course for commissioning the second international airport in this historic year of aviation in Sri Lanka.

Coincidently, in the future, the HIA will celebrate 100 years when the county celebrates 200 years of aviation.

The Ratmalana Airport, the first airport in Sri Lanka, getting back its international status in August 2012 is also an achievement in Sri Lanka in this historic year. Already, a few aircraft operations have taken place and the authorities have been very successful in handling them.

The Ratmalana Airport has a huge potential to be developed as a city airport to cater to the medium range aircraft operations of international corporate, medical, technical transits (refueling and crew rest) and the domestic aviation sector, if the infrastructure is developed to meet the necessary requirements.

Stage two of Phase II development project of the Banaranayake International Airport (BIA) will also commence in 2013. As the BIA is reaching its capacity, the completion of Phase II early is going to be very important to meet the demand of air traffic growth in the BIA.

highflyer
19-10-2012, 08:52 AM
Has anyone flew to CMB recently? any pictures of the terminals?

highflyer
19-10-2012, 08:53 AM
Mattala Airport


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM390NGhE3c&


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl-ZBOphkio

HIA will look better than CMB.

Srilankan1
19-10-2012, 10:47 AM
HIA will look better than CMB.

CMB was done in 1967 and How can You compare it with A Modern Airport going to Finish in 2013 ???

Praetorian
19-10-2012, 01:14 PM
CMB was done in 1967 and How can You compare it with A Modern Airport going to Finish in 2013 ???

Well there are those who are complaining HTT looks "too modern" and how "unfair" that is Vs CMB...hikz.

Serendib
19-10-2012, 07:49 PM
Banuthev: i posted this n another forum - when somebody brought up the fact that PIA is blacklisted ..


PIA was blacklisted, but then again, Pakistan Civil Aviation has the next-to-best kit (the Beachcraft for calibrating nav-aids) for air ops.

Not a bad idea.

India does have better kit, then again, it is a question if they are keen to share it ..

FYI - Indian Calibration systems ..

http://www.aai.aero/services/flight_calibration.jsp

Why? Don't we have aircraft equiped with calibrating equipment?

Serendib
20-10-2012, 11:55 PM
Construction of Mattala Airport nearing completion


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lMV1Z0oSpg

banuthev
21-10-2012, 08:15 PM
http://www.dailymirror.lk/business/features/22816-challenges-and-future-of-air-traffic-control-in-sri-lanka-.html

Airport and Aviation Services (SL) Ltd., the air navigation service provider (ANSP) in Sri Lanka, the client of this project with the support of the Ministry of Aviation, the regulatory authority and the main contractors have taken up the challenge and are well on course for commissioning the second international airport in this historic year of aviation in Sri Lanka.

Coincidently, in the future, the HIA will celebrate 100 years when the county celebrates 200 years of aviation.

The Ratmalana Airport, the first airport in Sri Lanka, getting back its international status in August 2012 is also an achievement in Sri Lanka in this historic year. Already, a few aircraft operations have taken place and the authorities have been very successful in handling them.

The Ratmalana Airport has a huge potential to be developed as a city airport to cater to the medium range aircraft operations of international corporate, medical, technical transits (refueling and crew rest) and the domestic aviation sector, if the infrastructure is developed to meet the necessary requirements.

Stage two of Phase II development project of the Banaranayake International Airport (BIA) will also commence in 2013. As the BIA is reaching its capacity, the completion of Phase II early is going to be very important to meet the demand of air traffic growth in the BIA.

It appears that CMB's Phase II developement project will start after the completion of HTT's Phase I. There are some possibilities some flights from CMB will be transfered to HTT until Phase II complete at CMB.

Praetorian
21-10-2012, 09:03 PM
It appears that CMB's Phase II developement project will start after the completion of HTT's Phase I. There are some possibilities some flights from CMB will be transfered to HTT until Phase II complete at CMB.


Is this possible? Because HTT can't handle the same volume of traffic as CMB. It can only cope with a max of 5 aircraft at one time.

HTT needs to be allowed to grow naturally. Tourists, some business types, the Chinese involved in Hamba port and other activities plus migrant workers will over time use HTT. The airport should be allowed to gorw "organically". Of course this daft government will mess that up (as they messed up Hambantota port) just to show the finger to the opposition. By rushing Hamba ports opening they gave it a "white elephant" tag, which the port clearly is not. It too should be allowed to grow organically and in time will be major asset to the nation.

banuthev
21-10-2012, 09:24 PM
Is this possible? Because HTT can't handle the same volume of traffic as CMB. It can only cope with a max of 5 aircraft at one time.

HTT needs to be allowed to grow naturally. Tourists, some business types, the Chinese involved in Hamba port and other activities plus migrant workers will over time use HTT. The airport should be allowed to gorw "organically". Of course this daft government will mess that up (as they messed up Hambantota port) just to show the finger to the opposition. By rushing Hamba ports opening they gave it a "white elephant" tag, which the port clearly is not. It too should be allowed to grow organically and in time will be major asset to the nation.

Yes, HTT can't handle not more than five flight at a time. That's why I said "some flights will shift their operation from CMB to HTT". Very likely LCC flights and Freighter flights like FlyDubai, Air Arabia, Expoair, Spicejet and Mihin Lanka have to shift their operation to HTT for a while. Currently - CMB handle average 80 flights per day. So It will be difficult for CMB to manage all the flights when the construction work is going on. During the Phase I project, CMB managed all the flights because that time were only average 40 flights per day.

Few pictures from CMB's Phase I project..

http://www.myaviation.net/photos/small/9/3/8/00493839.jpg, (http://www.myaviation.net/search/photo_search.php?id=00493839&size=large)http://www.myaviation.net/photos/small/8/0/8/00490808.jpg (http://www.myaviation.net/search/photo_search.php?id=00490808&size=large)http://www.myaviation.net/photos/small/8/0/5/00493508.jpg (http://www.myaviation.net/search/photo_search.php?id=00493508&size=large)

kenkari
23-10-2012, 10:45 PM
What is the ICAO code for Hambantota?

highflyer
24-10-2012, 09:42 PM
What is the ICAO code for Hambantota?

I will find out and let you know..

highflyer
24-10-2012, 09:44 PM
Yes, HTT can't handle not more than five flight at a time. That's why I said "some flights will shift their operation from CMB to HTT". Very likely LCC flights and Freighter flights like FlyDubai, Air Arabia, Expoair, Spicejet and Mihin Lanka have to shift their operation to HTT for a while. Currently - CMB handle average 80 flights per day. So It will be difficult for CMB to manage all the flights when the construction work is going on. During the Phase I project, CMB managed all the flights because that time were only average 40 flights per day.

Few pictures from CMB's Phase I project..

http://www.myaviation.net/photos/small/9/3/8/00493839.jpg, (http://www.myaviation.net/search/photo_search.php?id=00493839&size=large)http://www.myaviation.net/photos/small/8/0/8/00490808.jpg (http://www.myaviation.net/search/photo_search.php?id=00490808&size=large)http://www.myaviation.net/photos/small/8/0/5/00493508.jpg (http://www.myaviation.net/search/photo_search.php?id=00493508&size=large)

SriLankan Airlines will operate international flights out of the new Hambantota International Airport when it opens, with services to the Gulf and Middle East regions as a strong possibility.. The airline is studying which services it could move from the Sri Lankan capital Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport, even though it has to ensure that this will meet both domestic demand and offer connections to transit passengers, says Lal Perera.. (flightglobal)

banuthev
24-10-2012, 10:25 PM
SriLankan Airlines will operate international flights out of the new Hambantota International Airport when it opens, with services to the Gulf and Middle East regions as a strong possibility.. The airline is studying which services it could move from the Sri Lankan capital Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport, even though it has to ensure that this will meet both domestic demand and offer connections to transit passengers, says Lal Perera.. (flightglobal)

May I disagree with this plan. I think it's not a good idea to split the UL flight operation between CMB and HTT, it will create more inconvient for transit passengers and it will affect the pax-demand. Perhaps MJ can move it's operation to HTT when UL focus from CMB. Correct me if I am wrong.

88gee
25-10-2012, 07:53 AM
well I'm not a professional but I see some opportunity with HTT . HTT can handle A380 which CMB can't yet ( pax ) though A380 can can land . so we can look forward to bring some long haul carries here at HTT . EK is operating DXB - SYD - AKL , we can easily have a stop over here , there are lot of passenger who is flying aussie from sl . meantime we can look forward others to do same .... ( Singapore , Lufthansa , ) and mean time UL can schedule to have connected with long haul flights if the A380 s agreed to come hera as I mentioned before . UL can easily shift few chinese destination via HTT coz most of chinese workers are working in Hambanthota area . MJ can move to HTT i c lot of potential with pilgrims from Hambanthota and surrounding . UL can handle all Indian flights from colombo . They can easily extend few flight to HTT . LHR - CMB - HTT , RUH - CMB - HTT , so the extended flights can take the pax who has to connect with HTT from colombo . no need of another domestic service may be for the moment we can use the extend service to carry that pax . and i strongly recommend to extend the southern highway up to HTT as it starts from BIA a convenient way to connect both airports easily and much more cheaper efficient way .

I STRONGLY believe that HTT MUST look in to the A380 which is flying over sl , n make them to have a stop over here . what do you say ?

Speedbird
25-10-2012, 05:36 PM
well I'm not a professional but I see some opportunity with HTT . HTT can handle A380 which CMB can't yet ( pax ) though A380 can can land . so we can look forward to bring some long haul carries here at HTT . EK is operating DXB - SYD - AKL , we can easily have a stop over here , there are lot of passenger who is flying aussie from sl . meantime we can look forward others to do same .... ( Singapore , Lufthansa , ) and mean time UL can schedule to have connected with long haul flights if the A380 s agreed to come hera as I mentioned before . UL can easily shift few chinese destination via HTT coz most of chinese workers are working in Hambanthota area . MJ can move to HTT i c lot of potential with pilgrims from Hambanthota and surrounding . UL can handle all Indian flights from colombo . They can easily extend few flight to HTT . LHR - CMB - HTT , RUH - CMB - HTT , so the extended flights can take the pax who has to connect with HTT from colombo . no need of another domestic service may be for the moment we can use the extend service to carry that pax . and i strongly recommend to extend the southern highway up to HTT as it starts from BIA a convenient way to connect both airports easily and much more cheaper efficient way .

I STRONGLY believe that HTT MUST look in to the A380 which is flying over sl , n make them to have a stop over here . what do you say ?

Ok try to answer these questions; then you will find answer
1. What is most expensive part of the Airline business?
2. When does the aircraft burns more fuel; in cruising altitude or in take off and landing?
3. What is catchment area for HTT?
4. What benefit does an airline gets to do a stopover in HTT?

88gee
26-10-2012, 06:09 AM
Ok try to answer these questions; then you will find answer
1. What is most expensive part of the Airline business?
2. When does the aircraft burns more fuel; in cruising altitude or in take off and landing?
3. What is catchment area for HTT?
4. What benefit does an airline gets to do a stopover in HTT?

well actually u hv very good questions :D but in the first part i told im not a pro expert just gave a thought which i had ur questions proves me that im wrong :P . the thing is i never believed that we need a 2nd international air port , but wht to do they made it , without thinking of expanding n developing what we already got :/ so now we have to figure out something for that isn't it .....

Cayman
26-10-2012, 06:53 AM
well actually u hv very good questions :D but in the first part i told im not a pro expert just gave a thought which i had ur questions proves me that im wrong :P . the thing is i never believed that we need a 2nd international air port , but wht to do they made it , without thinking of expanding n developing what we already got :/ so now we have to figure out something for that isn't it .....

Sri Lanka definitely needed a second international airport and the location they chose to build it makes sense given the proximity to the sea port. Both the air and sea ports will form an integrated logistics transhipment hub once the area develops.

Speedbird
27-10-2012, 06:35 AM
Sri Lanka definitely needed a second international airport and the location they chose to build it makes sense given the proximity to the sea port. Both the air and sea ports will form an integrated logistics transhipment hub once the area develops.

True; Sri Lanka requires a second international airport and also a second runway at CMB. But question still remains the Location of HTT; I assume that 88gee was referring to PAX not Cargo (still there are no cargo version of A380).

Now let see if HTT was developed as an integrated logistics transhipment hub. Hambantota harbour was build by borrowing "commercial libor plus" not state to state soft loans from China ExIm Bank; very soon GoSL and SLPA has to pay loan installments. Port of Hambantota has to attract all those ships which are by passing Hambantota everyday. now lets see Singapore; SG has a world class airport and a sea port; handles more pax and cargo than Sri Lanka. There is a another reason why SG is attractive, there is an island off the coast of singapore called the Jurong island. which has the 3 large oil refineries with combined out put is larger than worlds largest oil refinery (That is owned by Reliance and in India). Singapore is refining 1.2 million bbl per day compared to 50 thousand bbl per day at Sapugaskanda (even that is now in jeopardy). Why does singapore is refining so much oil when there is a limited number of cars on the island streets. mostly to export heavy oil like bunkering attracting ships and lower priced Jet A1 attracting cargo flights. where as Sri Lanka has to import most of the refined products from overseas specially from Singapore. cost of building sea port in Singapore is much less than compared in sri lanka. This mainly due to the fact Singapore is shielded by malyan peninsular and Indonesian islands, so there are no waves. where as in Hambantota is normal to see 5M waves; this means building expensive breakwater. Today port of hambantota has nothing to offer to attract any ships. What really should have happened would be to build a Refinery first make money then build harbour attract ships by selling bunkering and build a Cargo Airport and that would complete the integrated logistics transhipment hub.

I am not going to talk about container trans shipment; that is whole new chapter hambantota need to compete in the region (region means all the way from persion gulf to south china sea); sometime even against Colombo. again bunkering prices will have major say on that as well

highflyer
27-10-2012, 07:13 AM
Hambantota airport plans, runway, terminal and ATC..

http://imageshack.us/scaled/avatar96/221/99093504.png (http://imageshack.us/a/img221/5027/99093504.png) http://imageshack.us/scaled/avatar96/841/38615183.jpg (http://imageshack.us/a/img841/691/38615183.jpg) http://imageshack.us/scaled/avatar96/266/95925223.jpg (http://imageshack.us/a/img266/6981/95925223.jpg) http://imageshack.us/scaled/avatar96/87/26145971.jpg (http://imageshack.us/a/img87/7929/26145971.jpg) http://imageshack.us/scaled/avatar96/407/51227910.jpg (http://imageshack.us/a/img407/8598/51227910.jpg)

airport.lk

88gee
27-10-2012, 09:36 AM
@speedbird : yea I talked about pax from A380s . There are airports built in deserts and many of them have succeeded.... so why can't we plan HTT as HUB where many long haul flights come n go ?

Cayman
27-10-2012, 01:45 PM
True; Sri Lanka requires a second international airport and also a second runway at CMB. But question still remains the Location of HTT; I assume that 88gee was referring to PAX not Cargo (still there are no cargo version of A380).

Now let see if HTT was developed as an integrated logistics transhipment hub. Hambantota harbour was build by borrowing "commercial libor plus" not state to state soft loans from China ExIm Bank; very soon GoSL and SLPA has to pay loan installments. Port of Hambantota has to attract all those ships which are by passing Hambantota everyday. now lets see Singapore; SG has a world class airport and a sea port; handles more pax and cargo than Sri Lanka. There is a another reason why SG is attractive, there is an island off the coast of singapore called the Jurong island. which has the 3 large oil refineries with combined out put is larger than worlds largest oil refinery (That is owned by Reliance and in India). Singapore is refining 1.2 million bbl per day compared to 50 thousand bbl per day at Sapugaskanda (even that is now in jeopardy). Why does singapore is refining so much oil when there is a limited number of cars on the island streets. mostly to export heavy oil like bunkering attracting ships and lower priced Jet A1 attracting cargo flights. where as Sri Lanka has to import most of the refined products from overseas specially from Singapore. cost of building sea port in Singapore is much less than compared in sri lanka. This mainly due to the fact Singapore is shielded by malyan peninsular and Indonesian islands, so there are no waves. where as in Hambantota is normal to see 5M waves; this means building expensive breakwater. Today port of hambantota has nothing to offer to attract any ships. What really should have happened would be to build a Refinery first make money then build harbour attract ships by selling bunkering and build a Cargo Airport and that would complete the integrated logistics transhipment hub.

I am not going to talk about container trans shipment; that is whole new chapter hambantota need to compete in the region (region means all the way from persion gulf to south china sea); sometime even against Colombo. again bunkering prices will have major say on that as well

Some very insightful facts. Thanks for the post.

I think with the harbor already in place and the airport coming on line fairly soon, we will have two of the most important links in the transhipment hub. What is needed then is a dedicated free trade area (which is considered ‘offshore’ for the purpose of customs and related taxation) to be slotted in between to introduce value added processing.

Sri Lanka has a fairly well educated workforce which is still cheap compared to their Asian counterpart. This human asset should be leveraged to have processing and light industries established in the free zone, allowing it to operate not as a simple transshipment hub, but also as a logistic city and a center of excellence.

Cayman
27-10-2012, 01:50 PM
With regards to the proposal of developing HTT as an aviation hub, it will be next to impossible with SIN, DXB and DWC, all in the proximity of 4 hours flying time.

You cannot develop an aviation hub without the presence of a very strong local carrier which considers the location their hub and UL is nowhere near that level of development and very unlikely to be, in the foreseeable future.

HTT could occasionally be used for refueling and will be designated as an emergency diversion by overflying aircraft, but there is absolutely no business case for any of those airliners to have scheduled technical stops there.

Praetorian
27-10-2012, 02:26 PM
Hambantota port has the potential to become something successful and extremely beneficial for Sri Lanka so long as it’s done properly.

Unfortunately people in Sri Lanka do not get this. Speaking to a couple of friends a few years ago regarding Hambantota port, they mocked and ridiculed the whole concept and laughed at the whole idea of (one day) out beating Singapore. Therein lays the problem in Sri Lanka. People do not want betterment, they do not want Sri Lanka to thrive and succeed and “be the best” because they only view things with political tunnel vision and short term goals. They’d rather settle their personal scores and cheap dislikes first and foremost without giving a damn for the future and the long term vision.

We saw this vile mentality during the war. Plenty of people would rather see the country disintegrate and have another 2 decades of war just because they didn’t like Mahinda and were obsessed with ensuring they had a tool to secure their power. How many times did we have the fools in the opposition from 2007-09 actually demanding the Government be overthrown based on the “high cost of living”, when the real issue for them was their desperation to stop the war being won and MR taking credit –in the end their idiot actions made MR more popular than had they kept quiet, thereby letting the thugocracy grow into the arrogant foul and disgusting mess it is today.

Our competitor nations do not need to worry about Hambantota port, people in Sri Lanka are doing a good enough job badly marketing it and spreading hate against it to make it failure, joined at the hip by morons in Government who also managed to screw things up.

banuthev
27-10-2012, 02:49 PM
As I mentioned earlier, MJ and UL operating from two different Hubs would support both airline to expand their network without eating each of their market. It is one of the reason UAE based airlines EK, EY and G9 are still making profits as they based in different Hubs and concentrating on the relevant markets. In the intial stage, Ideal destinations for MJ from HTT can be SIN, KUL, BKK, CGK, MLE, IXM, TRZ, MAA, TRV, KHI, LHE, DAC, MCT, DXB and other Gulf centres which has got high-migrant traffic. Let's we forget about operating between HTT and Europe for now.

Until business grow at Hambantota, HTT can be utilised to cater the migrant traffic when CMB continue concentrate on the premium and migrant traffic. I am very sure HTT not only a future-Hub for Sri Lanka it is also for South India, if they sustain the progression to become a business centre. In the future, CMB would become a LCC airport and HTT would gain the status of Hub for handling premium and LCC airlines.

AASL said HTT will open for commercial operation in mid-Jan 2013. To attract International airlines, Ground handling, landing and parking fees would initially be provided via an attractive package for a period of six months. Airline like QR, FZ, G9 and few more international airlines are looking forward to begin operation out of HTT.

Other than the Sked flight operation, HTT will be used as an Technical Stop for aircraft fly over Sri Lanka. On the other hand HTT will have three or four hangars to host the enhanced MRO facility for SriLankan Engineering.


@speedbird : yea I talked about pax from A380s . There are airports built in deserts and many of them have succeeded.... so why can't we plan HTT as HUB where many long haul flights come n go ?

Speedbird
27-10-2012, 04:13 PM
As I mentioned earlier, MJ and UL operating from two different Hubs would support both airline to expand their network without eating each of their market. It is one of the reason UAE based airlines EK, EY and G9 are still making profits as they based in different Hubs and concentrationg on the relevant markets. In the intial stage, Ideal destinations for MJ from HTT can be SIN, KUL, BKK, CGK, MLE, IXM, TRZ, MAA, TRV, KHI, LAH, DAC, MCT, DXB and other Gulf centres which has got high-migrant traffic. Let's we forget about operating between HTT and Europe for now.

Until business grow at Hambantota, HTT can be utilised to cater the migrant traffic when CMB continue concentrate on the premium and migrant traffic. I am very sure HTT not only a future-Hub for Sri Lanka it is also for South India, if they sustain the progession to become a business centre. In the future, CMB would become a LCC airport and HTT would gain the status of Hub for handling premium and LCC airlines.

AASL said HTT will open for commercial operation in mid-Jan 2013. To attract International airlines, Ground handling, landing and parking fees would initially be provided via an attractive package for a period of six months. Airline like QR, FZ, G9 and few more international airlines are looking forward to begin operation out of HTT.

Other than the Sked flight operation, HTT will be used as an Technical Stop for aircraft fly over Sri Lanka. On the other hand HTT will have three or four hangars to host the enhanced MRO facility for SriLankan Engineering.

@ Banuthev; HTT has all the ingredients of Montreal's Mirabel International Airport http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montr%C3%A9al-Mirabel_International_Airport which was supposed to replace Montreal's Dorval Airport http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montr%C3%A9al-Pierre_Elliott_Trudeau_International_Airport when time permits please read about it. PAX are not like Cargo; they (PAX) usually complain lot and vote by using their feet

Speedbird
27-10-2012, 04:18 PM
@speedbird : yea I talked about pax from A380s . There are airports built in deserts and many of them have succeeded.... so why can't we plan HTT as HUB where many long haul flights come n go ?

@88gee; airport built in the desert has something which Sri Lankans do not have starting from good credit; money; fuel and a very strong local airlines

highflyer
22-11-2012, 08:08 PM
True; Sri Lanka requires a second international airport and also a second runway at CMB. But question still remains the Location of HTT; I assume that 88gee was referring to PAX not Cargo (still there are no cargo version of A380).

Now let see if HTT was developed as an integrated logistics transhipment hub. Hambantota harbour was build by borrowing "commercial libor plus" not state to state soft loans from China ExIm Bank; very soon GoSL and SLPA has to pay loan installments. Port of Hambantota has to attract all those ships which are by passing Hambantota everyday. now lets see Singapore; SG has a world class airport and a sea port; handles more pax and cargo than Sri Lanka. There is a another reason why SG is attractive, there is an island off the coast of singapore called the Jurong island. which has the 3 large oil refineries with combined out put is larger than worlds largest oil refinery (That is owned by Reliance and in India). Singapore is refining 1.2 million bbl per day compared to 50 thousand bbl per day at Sapugaskanda (even that is now in jeopardy). Why does singapore is refining so much oil when there is a limited number of cars on the island streets. mostly to export heavy oil like bunkering attracting ships and lower priced Jet A1 attracting cargo flights. where as Sri Lanka has to import most of the refined products from overseas specially from Singapore. cost of building sea port in Singapore is much less than compared in sri lanka. This mainly due to the fact Singapore is shielded by malyan peninsular and Indonesian islands, so there are no waves. where as in Hambantota is normal to see 5M waves; this means building expensive breakwater. Today port of hambantota has nothing to offer to attract any ships. What really should have happened would be to build a Refinery first make money then build harbour attract ships by selling bunkering and build a Cargo Airport and that would complete the integrated logistics transhipment hub.

I am not going to talk about container trans shipment; that is whole new chapter hambantota need to compete in the region (region means all the way from persion gulf to south china sea); sometime even against Colombo. again bunkering prices will have major say on that as well

Sri Lanka Emerging As Regional Air Freight Hub

http://www.riskwatchdog.com/2012/11/22/sri-lanka-emerging-as-regional-air-freight-hub/

Speedbird
24-11-2012, 04:24 AM
Sri Lanka Emerging As Regional Air Freight Hub

http://www.riskwatchdog.com/2012/11/22/sri-lanka-emerging-as-regional-air-freight-hub/

If you read carefully I was talking about HTT not CMB

Now let see...so a weekly 744F operation to CMB and Sri Lanka is emerging as a regional hub; hmm... today max annual cargo handling capacity in CMB is 250K Tonnage and Chennai handles 50% more than CMB; again Chennai is not even considered a big Air cargo hub (Bombay handles almost double of Chennai and worldwide ranking in the top 30). So in this case definition of the region should be Sri Lanka and Maldives only.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World%27s_busiest_airports_by_cargo_traffic

Sakith
25-11-2012, 07:16 PM
New look of the BIA Departure Terminal...

http://img802.imageshack.us/img802/7731/57452710151260882603555.jpg

Srilankan1
25-11-2012, 07:46 PM
Sakith how about the 2 nd pier??

Praetorian
25-11-2012, 10:52 PM
New look of the BIA Departure Terminal...

http://img802.imageshack.us/img802/7731/57452710151260882603555.jpg

Thanks for sharing Sakith. Looks very good. Much better than the dilapidated structure that was there for YEARS.

I was at BIA departures at the end of June and it was in the old poor dilapidated state. Impressive they've built this in 5 months, even more so considering the people & vehicular traffic.

Any more pictures Sakith?
Also whats the progress of the Expressway?

Cayman
26-11-2012, 07:18 AM
Thanks for sharing Sakith. Looks very good. Much better than the dilapidated structure that was there for YEARS.

I was at BIA departures at the end of June and it was in the old poor dilapidated state. Impressive they've built this in 5 months, even more so considering the people & vehicular traffic.

Any more pictures Sakith?
Also whats the progress of the Expressway?

It looks even better during the day time, as a lot of light comes through the opening in the roof. It helps reduce the claustrophobic feeling created by the low roof.

Sakith
07-12-2012, 08:27 PM
Sakith how about the 2 nd pier??

They havn't even started work..


Thanks for sharing Sakith. Looks very good. Much better than the dilapidated structure that was there for YEARS.

I was at BIA departures at the end of June and it was in the old poor dilapidated state. Impressive they've built this in 5 months, even more so considering the people & vehicular traffic.

Any more pictures Sakith?
Also whats the progress of the Expressway?

New look of BIA Arrivals

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/21815_10151279138733555_855356422_n.jpg

Max
05-01-2013, 12:47 PM
SriLankan Airlines to set up a MRO facility in Mattala airport

SriLankan Airlines is planning to establish a ‘Maintenance, Repair and Overhauling’ (MRO) facility at the upcoming Mattala airport.

http://www.news360.lk/economy/news-aviation-sri-lanka-04-01-2013-airlines-to-set-up-a-mro-facility-in-mattala-airport-77865

ecureilx
08-01-2013, 07:11 AM
and Palaly in news .. from www.ft.lk (http://www.ft.lk)

http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/6747/bupdftdft821.jpg (http://www.ft.lk/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/BUP_DFT_DFT-8-21.jpg)

highflyer
08-01-2013, 07:39 AM
Sri Lanka to get Rs. 42.5 billion loan from Japan to expand Bandaranaike International Airport - http://www.colombopage.com/archive_12B/Jan03_1357236622CH.php

highflyer
08-01-2013, 07:40 AM
and Palaly in news .. from www.ft.lk (http://www.ft.lk)

http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/6747/bupdftdft821.jpg (http://www.ft.lk/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/BUP_DFT_DFT-8-21.jpg)

"A new terminal has been added to ease passenger operations at Palaly air port. The fully equipped air movement building was constructed by SLAF Palaly. The new terminal was a long felt need for military and civil air passengers who travel between Palaly and Colombo". http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2013/01/06/new21.asp

banuthev
08-01-2013, 07:55 AM
and Palaly in news .. from www.ft.lk (http://www.ft.lk)

http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/6747/bupdftdft821.jpg (http://www.ft.lk/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/BUP_DFT_DFT-8-21.jpg)

It's indeed a fascinating news ! Any possibilities of International flights from Palaly ? If I recall it correctly we had Air Ceylon flights operated from KKS to TRZ & MAA in the past. I think we should resume those route again and add new routes like IXM, CZB etc.. from South India.

@SSCMK - Is there any passenger traffic between IXM and KKS (Jaffna) ?

Speedbird
08-01-2013, 09:33 AM
It's indeed a fascinating news ! Any possibilities of International flights from Palaly ? If I recall it correctly we had Air Ceylon flights operated from KKS to TRZ & MAA in the past. I think we should resume those route again and add new routes like IXM, CZB etc.. from South India.

@SSCMK - Is there any passenger traffic between IXM and KKS (Jaffna) ?

JAF should be the second internationl airport in Sri Lanka. Not HTT. Not only to South India, there are traffic all the way to LHR, KUL, SIN and YYZ. Even to RUH and AUH/DXB. It could really operate as a mini hub to CMB, but again all these are common sense...traffic at JAF is a proven theory not a pie in a sky buffalo theory.

SSCMK
13-01-2013, 03:46 AM
It's indeed a fascinating news ! Any possibilities of International flights from Palaly ? If I recall it correctly we had Air Ceylon flights operated from KKS to TRZ & MAA in the past. I think we should resume those route again and add new routes like IXM, CZB etc.. from South India.

@SSCMK - Is there any passenger traffic between IXM and KKS (Jaffna) ?

There is a good number of Tamil settlements of Srilanka in Madurai. But I am not sure of the number, filling a flight might not be viable.

To fill a flight, a Q400 aircraft could do a one stop from CMB via KKS and to IXM.

MAA to KKS direct looks to be a good route.

Banuthev, a small correction. Airport code for Coimbatore is CJB.

banuthev
15-01-2013, 08:54 PM
There is a good number of Tamil settlements of Srilanka in Madurai. But I am not sure of the number, filling a flight might not be viable.

To fill a flight, a Q400 aircraft could do a one stop from CMB via KKS and to IXM.

MAA to KKS direct looks to be a good route.

Banuthev, a small correction. Airport code for Coimbatore is CJB.

Does Sri Lanka CAA allow any foreign carrier to operate with 8th Freedom rights in Sri Lanka? e.g. TRZ-KKS-CMB. Similar question to you @SSCMK - Does India CAA allow any Sri Lankan air-carrier to operate with a 8th Freedom rights in India? e.g. CMB-MAA-CCU. Remember years ago, Mihin Lanka and SriLankan flew on CMB-DEL-GAY, CMB-GAY-VNS. But I was wondering whether India CAA would allow the SriLankan Air-carrier to operate via any primary airport in India to another Indian Airport.

Speedbird
16-01-2013, 02:00 AM
Does Sri Lanka CAA allow any foreign carrier to operate with 8th Freedom rights in Sri Lanka? e.g. TRZ-KKS-CMB. Similar question to you @SSCMK - Does India CAA allow any Sri Lankan air-carrier to operate with a 8th Freedom rights in India? e.g. CMB-MAA-CCU. Remember years ago, Mihin Lanka and SriLankan flew on CMB-DEL-GAY, CMB-GAY-VNS. But I was wondering whether India CAA would allow the SriLankan Air-carrier to operate via any primary airport in India to another Indian Airport.

If I remember UL used to fly Colombo - Bombay - Karachi

SSCMK
16-01-2013, 04:35 AM
SSCMK - Does India CAA allow any Sri Lankan air-carrier to operate with a 8th Freedom rights in India? e.g. CMB-MAA-CCU. Remember years ago, Mihin Lanka and SriLankan flew on CMB-DEL-GAY, CMB-GAY-VNS. But I was wondering whether India CAA would allow the SriLankan Air-carrier to operate via any primary airport in India to another Indian Airport.


If I remember UL used to fly Colombo - Bombay - Karachi

Bilateral Air Service Agreement documents between India and SriLanka. It does not specify on 8th Freedom right AFAIK. I got it as a reply to my Right to Information Act application.

http://i.imgur.com/eF2hS.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/lqyqO.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/4ub7X.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/GL42x.jpg

Maybe they did it in the earlier days, but they changed it after 2011 (going by the above official document).

Btw, thanks for tagging Banuthev. :cool:

skyline
21-01-2013, 10:12 PM
Hambanthota International Airport

http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/4763/39252132979059375665410.jpg (https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/392521_329790593756654_1082146276_n.jpg) http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/294/14893032979070042331013.jpg (https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/148930_329790700423310_1385502630_n.jpg) http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/5809/55446432979072042330821.jpg (https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/554464_329790720423308_2146157247_n.jpg) http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/9166/57665532979076042330440.jpg (https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/576655_329790760423304_401857716_n.jpg)

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/c0.43.480.229.46619217082/p843x403/581081_314694558599591_373079823_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/c0.0.400.400/p403x403/529833_314695955266118_1811545221_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/546196_314697791932601_1740087654_n.jpg

check latest pics : http://airport.lk/hia/hia-constructions.php

HIA ready for ‘takeoff’

http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/12/03/bus01.asp

Serendib
22-01-2013, 08:10 PM
When HIA opening??

banuthev
23-01-2013, 06:49 AM
When HIA opening??

I think HTT will be ready by the end of 2013.

UL to start HTT-Europe route in Winter 2013, According to Newspaper in the UK.

http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/8374/metroz.png

SpookyFlyer
24-01-2013, 10:38 AM
Mattala airport to be declared open on March 18

The Minister of Civil Aviation, Piyankara Jayaratne told parliament that the Mattala International Airport in Hambantota will be declared open on March 18, the Government Information Department reported.

http://www.cmbtimes.com/2013/01/mattala-airport-to-be-declared-open-on.html

CalgaryLankan
24-01-2013, 03:27 PM
Mattala airport to be declared open on March 18

The Minister of Civil Aviation, Piyankara Jayaratne told parliament that the Mattala International Airport in Hambantota will be declared open on March 18, the Government Information Department reported.

http://www.cmbtimes.com/2013/01/mattala-airport-to-be-declared-open-on.html

Will HTT be another YMX (Montreal Mirabel), on a day where Rajapaksha's leave the helm? You can have all sort of facilities, but if no airline flying in and no government interest, this will be a forgotten treasure.

umedhah
26-01-2013, 08:18 AM
On the Runway of Hambantota International Airport

RW 05/23, 3,500M , 11,483FT , Surface Asphalt

http://www.flickr.com/photos/goya/8278847596/sizes/l/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/goya/8277790649/sizes/l/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/goya/8278848890/sizes/l/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/goya/8277792141/sizes/l/in/photostream/

Serendib
27-01-2013, 01:11 PM
Srilankan Airlines A320 in HTT

http://www.lankadeepa.lk/index.php/articles/95080

http://admin.lankadeepa.lk/admin/wp-content/uploads/file/48.jpg

Sakith
27-01-2013, 06:19 PM
i think it is ABJ OR ABG looking at J class seats

Sakith
28-01-2013, 08:35 PM
ABJ, Confirmed

Sakith
29-01-2013, 09:04 AM
Operating first A 320 to (HBT) Hambanthota...:)

http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/6235/39802552491763752857812.jpg

Rainer
29-01-2013, 11:34 AM
How its correct? HTT, HBT or HIA for second int. Airport ?

highflyer
29-01-2013, 12:05 PM
How its correct? HTT, HBT or HIA for second int. Airport ?

Hi Rainer, HTT is correct.

Kflyer
29-01-2013, 04:23 PM
FYI,
It is not the first A320 but A330. For the record, first jet ever to land there.
It is HRI. Not HTT.

Speedbird
29-01-2013, 10:39 PM
FYI,
It is not the first A320 but A330. For the record, first jet ever to land there.
It is HRI. Not HTT.

HRI? does this mean Hambantota Rajapakse International?....:D

Rainer
30-01-2013, 06:17 AM
Acc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hambantota_International_Airport named it for
IATA-Code => HTT
local named as : Mattal Rajapaksa International Airport
international named as : Hambantota International Airport

confusing is the http://www.srilankan.com/en_uk/flying-with-us/airtaxi
page because called:
Hambantota (HTT) : Bandagiriya Tank, 09km off Weerawila - Hambantota road
But I guess that mean the water taxi landing place, or?

umedhah
30-01-2013, 07:01 AM
SriLankan Airlines yesterday (29th Jan ’13) did its maiden flight to Hambantota International Airport - Sri Lanka's 2nd International Airport which is currently in Mattala. The Tech and Cabin Crew onboard received a warm welcome from the presently operating staff at the Airport, and sharing you some of the moment in time. The SriLankan’s Airbus A330 made its maiden touch down at HIA and was welcome by the airport with a water salute by fire fighting vehicles.

http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/9396/22786344145667259004563.jpg (http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/9396/22786344145667259004563.jpg) http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/4953/65276441456985923347632.jpg (http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/4953/65276441456985923347632.jpg) http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/7407/53550844145706259000657.jpg (http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/7407/53550844145706259000657.jpg) http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/6483/60307144145707925667147.jpg (http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/6483/60307144145707925667147.jpg)
http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/5672/38714644145670592337511.jpg (http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/5672/38714644145670592337511.jpg) http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/426/55434947012004970432075.jpg (http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/426/55434947012004970432075.jpg) http://img542.imageshack.us/img542/5818/42484147011987970433716.jpg (http://img560.imageshack.us/img560/5818/42484147011987970433716.jpg) http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/8418/26926847011987303767114.jpg (http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/8418/26926847011987303767114.jpg)
http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/8295/38702647011988303767022.jpg (http://img849.imageshack.us/img849/8295/38702647011988303767022.jpg) http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/8854/22603847011991303766770.jpg (http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/8854/22603847011991303766770.jpg)
http://img594.imageshack.us/img594/4300/18220347011991637100016.jpg (http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/4300/18220347011991637100016.jpg) http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/5434/20581547011995970432914.jpg (http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/5434/20581547011995970432914.jpg)
http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/1313/31233247012000970432487.jpg (http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/1313/31233247012000970432487.jpg) http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/6615/31242147012001970432315.jpg (http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/6615/31242147012001970432315.jpg)
http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/1324/46747470120039704321145.jpg (http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/1324/46747470120039704321145.jpg) http://img203.imageshack.us/img203/4117/52184910152443017505551.jpg (http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/4117/52184910152443017505551.jpg)

HIA Sri Lanka

does anyone know how long the flight took??? 1hr?? max???

ecureilx
30-01-2013, 08:19 AM
CMB-> HTT an air distance of about 200 KM ? maybe less than 30 minutes or much lesser. But in reality it maybe closer to 45 mins + including taxi time, sequence etc ..

Kflyer
30-01-2013, 01:46 PM
I presume the flight took about 30-40 mins block to block, also considering that it did not flew too high. The shorter distance is anyway unlikely to be sufficient to reach FL350+, hence I'm not sure what is the optimum cruise altitude for the most efficient fuel burn.

ecureilx
31-01-2013, 07:53 AM
and I once flew KUL-SIN- took 35 mins .. though we were held in the circuit for another 20 minutes or so .. that was an A 340-500

banuthev
31-01-2013, 09:18 AM
http://www.airsrilanka.org/forum/showthread.php?t=364&p=4738&viewfull=1#post4738

Many Thanks Umedha for sharing the latest pictures from HRI (New IATA Code for Hambantota Mahinda Rajapakse International Airport). @Kflyer - Do you know what is the ICAO code for Hambantota Airport ?

Lets keep the politics aside, it's a goodnews SriLanka's third international airport going to be opened within one month and 18 days. I pray god our new airport should become successful which will milk more employment opportunities and economy boom to our motherland. Looking forward to that day!

I would suggest MRO facility is a must for HRI as I have seen most of the times SriLankan Engineering is not coping with single hangar based in CMB. Since the clients of SriLankan Engineering is expanding the fleet, MRO facility must be expanded at HRI.

@Sakith - Any idea when will the revenue flight operation will commence at HRI ? I heard you are going to get job-transfer from CMB to HRI. Is that true ?
@Kflyer - Is there any Foreign airline interested in launching flights to HRI ? I would suggest UL to intially start charter flights on CMB-HRI-Europe in the Winter seasons.

banuthev
31-01-2013, 09:22 AM
Acc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hambantota_International_Airport named it for
IATA-Code => HTT
local named as : Mattal Rajapaksa International Airport
international named as : Hambantota International Airport

confusing is the http://www.srilankan.com/en_uk/flying-with-us/airtaxi
page because called:
Hambantota (HTT) : Bandagiriya Tank, 09km off Weerawila - Hambantota road
But I guess that mean the water taxi landing place, or?

Search results for "HRI"

<TABLE class=resultsTable width="100%"><THEAD><TR><TD>City name</TD><TD>3-letter city code</TD><TD>Airport name</TD><TD>3-letter airport code</TD></TR></THEAD><TBODY><TR><TD>Hambantota</TD><TD>HRI</TD><TD>Mahinda Rajapakse Intl</TD><TD>HRI</TD></TR><TR class=alternateRowbackground><TD>Hambantota</TD><TD>HRI</TD><TD>SPB</TD><TD>HBT</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
http://www.iata.org/publications/Pages/code-search.aspx

Dont know what is that SPB?

Rainer
31-01-2013, 09:45 AM
Hi,
looks like Wiki not up to date.
I also look directly to iata.org and found HRI
Maybe the Director of THIS airport could explain. How likes to contact him head.mkt@airport.lk
My English isn't so good.

SPB, perhaps Souther Province B(ase).... or an old military name ?

Kflyer
31-01-2013, 12:49 PM
Banuthev, FZ will likely start as they agreed in principle to do so when they were allowed additional frequencies - as reported widely. Not sure when though.

dilushasg-bdavi
31-01-2013, 01:28 PM
I presume the flight took about 30-40 mins block to block, also considering that it did not flew too high. The shorter distance is anyway unlikely to be sufficient to reach FL350+, hence I'm not sure what is the optimum cruise altitude for the most efficient fuel burn.

the distance between Dhaka and chittagong is over 300 km but the flight time on DC-10, B737, A310, MD-83 is between 20 and 25 min. they cruise at about FL170