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BIA opens new Apron, taxiways

New Check-In counters, 23 more parking slots

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa opened the new aircraft Apron and Taxiway of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake yesterday. Those were constructed as part of the BIA Expansion Project under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funds.  Picture by Prime Minister’s Media Division. 

The Second Stage of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) expansion project was vested in the public yesterday marking another milestone in converting the BIA as one of the most vibrant Aviation Hubs of South Asia.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa opened the second phase of the expansion of the BIA creating a major landmark in the aviation history of Sri Lanka.

The BIA expansion project will be constructed in two parts; “Package A” and “Package B” funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and is the second largest development project currently implemented in Sri Lanka.

The completion of the project will increase the airport’s annual handling capacity to 15 million passengers from the current 6 million.

The second phase expansion was carried out with Rs.6.1 billion funding  via a joint venture between Japan and Sri Lanka. The total cost of the entire project exceeds Rs. 10 billion.

Phase two includes the new aircraft apron of the BIA which is part of the biggest development project of the multi-level second terminal of the BIA. The new aircraft apron adds 23 more slots to the existing 26, thereby increasing the total parking facility to 49 whereas the courtyard under package B will be expanded to 479,000 square meters.

The number of check-in counters will be increased from 53 to 149. The 21 emigration (departure) desks will be increased to 53, while the 27 immigration (arrival) windows will be increased to 83.

The air side security control areas will also be increased from eight to 30. The airbase entrance too will increase, from four to 10.

Under this development,steps have been taken to enhance the functionality of the key areas such as efficiency of customer service and staff as well as the safety of passengers. This project is planned to be carried out in an environmentally-friendly manner using the latest technological expertise available in the world.

Japan’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mizukoshi Hideaki, Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, Youth and Sports, Development Coordination and Monitoring Minister and Digital Technology and Enterprise Development State Minister Namal Rajapaksa and Aviation and Export Zones Development State Minister D.V.Chanaka also participated the occasion.

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