The cabinet of ministers today approved a proposal made by Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranatunga to name the Palaly Airport in Jaffna Peninsula in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka as the Jaffna International Airport.
The development works to upgrade the airport as another international airport for the country commenced on 5th July and is expected to be completed by the 10th of this month is is expected to be open for international flights by the end of October this year.
Refer also to a previous post in Northern Breeze dated February 21, 2016 titled “Upgrade Palaly Airport without using private land” @ https://northernbreeze.blog/2016/02/21/upgrade-palaly-airport-without-using-private-land/
For more information read the Sundaytimes article on the subject @ http://www.sundaytimes.lk/article/1104755/palali-renamed-as-jaffna-intl-airport-bringing-total-number-of-intl-airports-in-sl-to-5
The Palaly Airport was previously operated as a military airbase during three decades of the civil-war period is now getting upgraded to accommodate international flights at a cost of Rs. 2.25 billion under the present development project.