There is no proposal by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to acquire a controlling stake in Sri Lanka’s Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, the government said in Parliament. To a question in the Lok Sabha on Thursday on whether the AAI would buy a stake in the airport at Hambantota as well as build a flying school and a mainten-ance, repair and overhaul facility, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said, “No”. The $210-million loss-making facility is dubbed the world’s emptiest airport because of a lack of flights.

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