Development News from Sri Lanka: Alliance Air, Air India’s subsidiary, will send its inaugural flight with invitations from the aviation industry to Jaffna International Airport on October 17, an official said. On 17 October, President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will inaugurate the airport.
The runway width of the airport has been expanded from 950 meters to 1400 meters and up to 2300 meters will be extended under phase 2, the runway duration. An ATR 72 aircraft carrying 70 passengers at a time can be accommodated. Three flights a week from Indian destinations like Chennai have been reported by Alliance Air.
The Road Development Authority (RDA) has built the new apron, taxiway, runway overlay and roads. Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited (AASL) has installed a flight control tower, terminal building, fire brigade, office complex and air navigation systems.