03rd April 2011, www.lankabusinessonline.com
Sri Lanka is looking for investors to build a multi-storey car park and a hotel close to the international airport to which a mono-rail link is also envisaged, an official said.
Johanne Jayaratne, executive director of Airports and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka), a state agency which operates airports, said the infrastructure developments were part of the planned expansion of the Katunayake airport, north of Colombo.
"There's an immediate need for a multi-storey car park and an airport," he told a forum on aviation held by the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics.
"We're actively looking for investors interested in doing such a venture. There's enough land available."
The hotel and car park would be located at the 18th milepost junction, known as 'airport junction' where the road to the airport branches off from the main road from Colombo.
"We're also considering a mono-rail to connect them (car park and hotel) to the airport terminal," Jayaratne also said.
"We're doing studies right now. It is at a very embryonic stage."
Jayaratne also said they also planned to connect a proposed expressway from Colombo to Katunayake to the international airport.
"We also hope to integrate the Colombo - Katunayake expressway which will be ready by May 2012 and have connectivity into the airport."
Several other elevated roadways are also planned to connect with the airport, especially for freight.
"This is because access is a huge problem right now, especially for freight forwarders."
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