A different point of View.
We all are wrong. We are same like the people who buy shares at 5 rupees to sell it at 50/- next day.
Mattala is the best location for the airport. To understand this we have to look long term.
Mattala has lot of unoccupied land area that can be used for any future needs. Highway from Colombo is coming towards it.
To understand the term “Long term” I may go to new Dubai airport.
They are building a new airport for Dubai inside the dessert, away from the current town area. I think they started it 5 years ago and in 2007 I saw how 100s of designers plan each and every inch of it in papers.
The project cost is 34,000 million US Dollars. ( he he Mattala 210 kaellak )
They have designed it for 20Y future and announced it will be in fully functional in 2027 !.
I think airports are built not as single projects considering a simple return period. They are parts of bigger thinking.
DXB is doing an investment of $ 34,000 million to get return starting from 2027. They have to import 99.9 % manpower, 100% trees, desalinate the ocean water, fuel generated electricity etc. ( Dubai has no oil wells) .
We have everything except oil and talking about the return we have to get from 210 $ investment.
Forget about passenger handling, Mattala is a best place for cargo business. At the moment all major handlers spending billions in Dubai to run their hubs at very high costs with 100% imported manpower.
We need a good road network to link the airport and other infrastructure like fast access to hospitals, Schools, supermarkets, lodging, recreation etc.
They have already cleared 20-30 km of land towards Matara for the highway. It should go via Angunakolapelessa, Weeraketiya, Beliaththa and connect to CMB-MTR highway at Paalatuwa - Godagama.
(Incidentally, Paalatuwa – Motherland, Weeraketiya-Beliatta – Fatherland !)
Matara - Mattala distance will be around 45 mins. With the nearing completion Katunayala highway connected to Outer Circular Colombo , distance between two International Airports will be 2 hrs and 30 minutes.