Mattala, the new airport to meet your travel needs
04/02/2013

Every country should have more than one airport, and Sri Lanka just got her second International Airport and it is easier to pronounce than the first one.

Online PR News – 02-April-2013 – Petaling Jaya, Selangor – Every country should have more than one airport, and Sri Lanka just got her second International Airport and it is easier to pronounce than the first one, Mattala Rajapaksa being its royal name, aptly named after Sri Lanka's head of country, President Rajapaksa. March 18 was the date President Rajapaksa became the first passenger to land in Mattala Airport in an inaugural launching ceremony.

Now, only the first stage of this eco-friendly airport has been completed and it already covers a whooping 800 hectares. The second stage is ongoing and will take up another 1200 hectares of the reserved land. So far, the current Mattala Airport is operational and estimated to be able to serve over a million passengers annually. That is good news for travellers all over, especially those from Singapore and Maldives who do not require a visa to visit Sri Lanka. To date, the limited facilities provided for ETA at port of entry is only applicable at Bandaranaike International Airport. Visitors are advised to apply and obtain an Sri Lanka ETA prior arrival to avoid complications.

With the opening of Mattala Rajapaksa airport, Sri Lanka is expecting a major boost to her tourism industry. Already in 2012, nearly 1 million people visited Sri Lanka. This year with the new airport, expectations are higher and the target has increased to 1.3 million tourist arrivals. What's more, Mattala Airport isn't just any airport, it will boast the world’s most exciting tourism attractions, cutting-edge industrial and technological zones, a deep water port and incentives for investors, so said Mattala Rajapaksa's facility spokesperson.

Sri Lanka ETA: http://www.evisaasia.com/sri-lanka-visa