• Thu. Apr 25th, 2024

Mattala Airport’s 2021 expenditure 21 times more than its income – Auditor General

Sri Lanka’s Auditor General reported that in 2021, the operational expenditure of the Mattala International Airport (MRIA) was Rs2.02 billion, 21 times more than its income for the same period.

MRIA incurred a net Loss after tax of Rs.4.44 billion and Cumulative net losses after tax from the 2017 to 2021 period rose to Rs.20.59 billion.

Although the expected annual passenger capacity of Mattala Airport was around one million, the total number of passengers during the last five years was only 91,747, and the total flight movements of the last five years were 2,396.

The Auditor General revealed a total cost of Rs.36,564 million equivalent to USD 247.7 million
which was incurred for the construction of this airport was not effectively used. Further, a sum of
Rs.2,610 million had been paid by Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Limited – as the annual loan installment including interest for the debt of USD 190 million obtained from China for the construction of the Airport.

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