Hambantota is not a town. That’s the first thing to understand. Hambantota is not a province either. Hambantota is the south. In that context, all the development down there makes sense.
I have long said that Colombo should develop ports and airports in the North and East. Seeing Sri Lanka through the eyes of foreign guests, however, the South is the only place with any discernable infrastructure.
Take tourism. I prefer the North and East and now inland, but when guests visit they want beach and hotel and back to the airport. The South is the only place you can do that in numbers.
Hence, an airport in Hambantota does make sense in that its an airport in the South. You immediately give guests a much better experience.
With roads, Sri Lankans are beginning to reconfigure their idea of space. Unawatuna is now next to Maharagama. In the same sense, Hambantota, Matara and Galle will soon all be connected, and the latter two are big and growing cities. Insomuch as infrastructure serves that region, all the investment in Hambantota begins to make sense.