Mattala Airport in perishable cargo mould

MATTALA airport in southern Sri Lankan, which is currently under construction, will be used as a principal cargo hub where vegetable and fruit exporters will export their produce to the Gulf.

Traffic at Mattala airport will be 60 per cent cargo and 40 per cent passengers, rates which are expected to increase in the future.

Construction began in November 2009 on the US$209 million airport, funded by the China Harbour Engineering Corporation. The first phase will be completed by the end of 2012 on 800 hectares of land, while the second phase will be built on the remaining 1,200 hectares.

The new airport will be able accommodate A380 aircraft, on its runway measuring 3,500 feet in length and 75 metres in width.

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