Sri Lanka’s main international airport is targeting 10.5 million passengers in 2017, with 9.5 million passengers passing through in 2016 despite having a designed capacity for only 6 million visitors.
In the first four months of 2017 passengers handled fell marginally to 3.1 million from 3.2 million a year earlier, despite a daytime closure of the main airport in Katunanayake for repairs.
A second international airport in Mattala in the south of the country handled 48,810 passengers in the four months to April up from 1,395 a year earlier. There were 623 aircraft movements, up from 320 last year.
In 2016, passengers handled went up by a million to 9.5 million, with 4.68 million departures and 4.56 million arrivals.
The number of international flight movements rose to 62,039 from 56,156.
Cargo handling rose by 39,000 metric tonnes 254,269 metric tonnes from 215,082 a year earlier. In 2015 cargo volumes grew only 22,000 metric tonnes.
Airport and Aviation Services of Sri Lanka, which owns international airports reported profits of 6.888 billion rupees in 2016, sharply up from 2.37 billion rupees a year earlier.
Revenues rose to 20.2 billion rupees from 16.74 billion rupees.