Aircraft repair hub at Mattala

Sri Lanka’s national airline announced today that it plans to set up a regional aircraft repair hub with the help of German carrier Lufthansa, the AFP news agency reported.The aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul operations will be a centrepiece of the new US$209 million (S$265.2 million) Mattala Rajapakse International Airport which opened in March, officials said. “We are in discussions to finalise our business plan and work out the equity to be put into the new venture,” Sri Lankan airlines chief executive Kapila Chandrasena told reporters in Colombo. Sri Lankan Airlines said it was working out details with Lufthansa AG’s maintenance arm, Lufthansa Technik, to open the repair facility at the Chinese-built international airport in the island’s south by next July.

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