The grand opening of the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, the second international airport, by President Mahinda Rajapaksa will take place tomorrow at 10 am.
The first phase of the 220 million dollar project, with a capacity to handle one million air passengers per year will come into operation with international flights from tomorrow.
The second phase of the MRIA will also commence following the opening of the first phase thereby increasing its capacity to handle five million passengers a year by 2015.
The new MRIA will take Sri Lanka to a higher level and it will become one of the major attractions for international flights as it could facilitate landing and taking off of the world’s biggest aircraft A380.
Meanwhile Deputy General Secretary of the United National Party Dr. Jayalath Jayawardhana expressing his views during a media briefing which was held today noted that due to the opening of Maththala an impending threat presided over the closure of the Katunayeke international air port.