Inland airports to be modernised - minister
The government has taken step to modernize several inland airports in
line with inland air transportation sector development activities, Civil
Aviation Minister Priyankara Jayaratne said.
Under this initiative, the abandoned Palaviya inland airport in
Puttalam will be renovated, the minister said.
The 1,000 metre long runaway, which is at a poor condition will be
lengthened and widened to light and small scale planes.
“The runaway will be lengthened to 1,500 metres and widened by a few
metres. The Palaviya airport will be a boost for the tourism sector
since tourists can easily reach Kalpitiya, Vilpattuwa, and other
locations,” the minister said.
The minister advised Civil Aviation Ministry Secretary Dr Ranjith
Ruberu to commence construction work immediately using the 2012
budgetary allocations for inland airport development projects.
The secretary was further advised to appointed a committee to
calculate necessary allocation for the Palaviya project.
In addition to the contribution for inland tourism, the airport can
be used as a pilot training centre using light and small pilot training
planes, the minister added.
The Palaviya inland airport was used in the past, but, with the
collapse of inland air transportation, the airport was abandoned. It has
been reported that the airport was used during the Second World War with
around 200 planes using the airport. Even today the wreckages of planes
and aviation equipment used during the Second World War can be seen at