UL, Lufthansa Technik to launch MRO at HIA
SriLankan Airlines (UL) in partnership with Lufthansa Technik are to
offer MRO (Mechanical Repair and Overhaul) facilities at the new
Hambantota International Airport(HIA). Chairman SriLankan Airlines,
Nishantha Wickremasinghe told ‘Daily News Business’ after the 68th
annual general meeting of International Air Transport Association,
(IATA) that this would add more international recognism to HIA and also
bring in additional revenue to SriLankan.
Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) is an independent global leading
training provider for staff involved in maintenance, repair and overhaul
(MRO) industry for aircraft, engines and aircraft components of civil
From basic technical training and type-related training to
interdisciplinary training, the company offers all training important
for safety, reliability and economically-oriented qualifications.
Wickremasinghe said that HIA could service many airlines in the
region which would help to increase its revenue. “In addition to
bringing revenue and more recognism to the airline it would also help to
place HIA in a more attractive position in the international aviation
map,” he said. He said that few years ago, China had only about 12
airports but today there are over 40 international airports helping the
industry to take off.
“The second international airport in Sri Lanka should have been
constructed many years ago. However with HIA, Sri Lankan aviation
industry can now look at new vistas,” he added. The airport which will
be built using funds from the China Harbour Engineering Corporation will
see that the first phase will be completed by end 2012 on an 800 hectare
block of land while the second phase will be built on the remaining
1,200 hectares. The new airport will also target the arrival of a
million passengers annually and the runway could even accommodate the
state of art A 380 aircraft, which will be 3,500 feet in length and 75
meters in width.
The Mattala airport, will also insist on having 60 percent of the
flights for cargo and 40 percent for passengers and these ratios will
also be increased with the passage of time. HIA would be the only
environmentally friendly airport in South Asia.
Aviation is a vital component of the global economy which supports 57
million jobs and 2.2 dollars in economic activity and some 48 million
tons of cargo with value of 5.3 trillion dollars was transported by air.
“That is over one third of world trade and the benefits of global
connectivity touch virtually every modern business,” said Tony Tylor
Director General and CEO, IATA after the AGM.
“In 2011 2.8 billion people traveled on 35, 000 routes connecting
3,800 commercial airports together they flew 5.1 trillion km which is
34,000 times distance to the sun.”