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Palaly Airport upgrading begins today

Construction work to develop Palaly Airport as a regional airport will be inaugurated at 8.00 am today, during an official ceremony to be held under the patronage of Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranatunga.

The government will develop Palaly Airport in Jaffna as a regional airport at a cost of Rs. 2,250 million.

The main aim of this development project is to commence commercial flights to regional destinations and India from Palali Airport from the first week of August.

The main destinations in India will be Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kochi, and Bangalore.

The development work will be implemented under three stages.

Under the first phase, the first 950 metres of the exsisting runway will be repaved.

Then, it will be possible for Bombardier C100 planes with seating capacity of 72 to fly to Palaly.

Under the second stage, the runway will be expanded by paving another 1.5 metres.

After the runway renovation is completed, Palaly Airport will be able to handle aircraft within a total distance of 1,800 square kilometres.

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