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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2422

The reconstructed Iranamadu airstrip declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Colombo, 16 June, (Asiantribune.com):

The reconstructed Iranamadu airstrip in the Kilinochchi District was declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday on an invitation extended by the Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal Harsha Abeywickrema.

The President was flown to Iranamadu in a MA-60 aircraft of the Sri Lanka Air Force Helitours. With the opening of the renovated runway Iranamadu becomes Sri Lanka’s sixteenth domestic airport.

The renovated airstrip at Iranamadu was once used by the LTTE for its air operations. Following the end of the war the airstrip was reconstructed and declared open in 2011 for light aircraft.

The LTTE had constructed a 600m long runway at the same site and destroyed it using bulldozers, prior to the Army retaking Iranamadu.

Initially constructed by the LTTE and destroyed using bulldozers, the runway was reconstructed by the Air Force to extend up to 1500m with a width of 25 metres.

The runway can handle aircraft such as the Hercules C-130 and Antonov AN-32.

The improved facilities in the airport would promote the domestic aviation sector and provide access to the Northern Province with the development of tourism in the area to contribute towards the present nation building process, the Air Force said.

Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise, Douglas Devananda , Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, General Jagath Jayasuriya and and the Governor of the North G.A. Chandrasri were present at the opening ceremony.

- Asian Tribune -

President Mahinda Rajapaksa declaring open the renovated Iranaimadu Airstrip - Photo by Sudath Silva
The reconstructed Iranamadu airstrip declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa
The reconstructed Iranamadu airstrip declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa
The reconstructed Iranamadu airstrip declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa
The reconstructed Iranamadu airstrip declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa
The reconstructed Iranamadu airstrip declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa
The reconstructed Iranamadu airstrip declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa
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