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BIA to handle 15 mn passengers with second terminal

Plans afoot to operate all five int’l airports:

The Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), which has the capacity to accommodate 6 million passengers per annum, would be fully equipped to handle 15 million passengers with the opening of the second terminal, slated to open in 2023.

In addition, the development of a new air cargo terminal at BIA will increase the current capacity from 250,000 MTs per annum to 400,000 MTs, said D V Chanaka , State Minister of Aviation and Export Zones Development. The Minister made these observations at the inauguration of 29th Meeting of the Steering Committee of Cooperative Development of Operational Safety and Continuing Airworthiness Program-South Asia (COSCAP-SA), held at Hilton Colombo yesterday (29).

The three day event from March 29-31 would be the first international conference in the field of civil aviation held in Sri Lanka after the COVID -19 pandemic. Despite COVID -19 health crisis, which led to the closure of airports and many other economically viable businesses across the country, the Minister said Sri Lanka has managed to develop necessary infrastructure to achieve set targets of the aviation industry. Moreover, Sri Lanka resumed operations in its third international airport, Ratmalana, which was closed for international operations for more than 55 years.

For the first time in the history Sri Lanka is operating three international airports which augur well for the growth of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry.

“In future, plans are afoot to operate all five international airports,” he said.

Noting that Sri Lanka is fully open for tourists following the successful roll out of COVID-19 vaccination program in Sri Lanka, the Minister stressed that COVID-19 PCR tests or quarantine requirements would not be needed for fully vaccinated travelers who wish to travel to Sri Lanka. COSCAP was first set up in 1997 and has taken many steps to secure the safety of the civil aviation of the South Asian Region.


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