Mar 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited Thursday signed a new agreement with Japan’s Taisei Corporation for the second Passenger Terminal at the country’s main International Gateway - the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).
The much awaited and long overdue project to build a multilevel terminal building at the Bandaranaike International Airport will finally commence in three months and will be completed in three years said Airport and Aviation Services Ltd, (AASL) Chairman G.A. Chandrasiri.
The signing of the contract took place on 12th March 2020 in Colombo between AASL Chairman G.A. Chandrasiri and Managing Executive Officer, Taisei Corporation Keiji Hirano in the presence of Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka Akira Sugiyama.
Continuing the growth momentum of the country, the infrastructural capacities at BIA will be expanded contributing to the tourism and aviation industries.
Speaking at the event the AASL Chairman highlighted the strategic importance of developing the infrastructural facilities at strategically important places such as airports.
Further, the Chairman mentioned that the development programs are being implemented in line with the stipulated objectives of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in his Vision for the country. Therefore, identifying the responsibilities timely by Prime Minister and the Minister of Tourism and Aviation, this development initiative materialized to ensure that the country’s development is people-centric.
At present, BIA is congested and it creates discomfort for the passengers, airport users, and all stakeholders. The new state of the art passenger terminal will have the capacity to handle 9 million passenger movements while total handling capacity at BIA to increase up to 15 million per annum.
The Project, along with other Re-modelling and Re-structuring initiatives at the present Terminal-BIA together with other four international airports (Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, Colombo International Airport, Ratmalana, Jaffna International Airport, and Batticaloa Airports) will comfortably provide the infrastructure to cater for 20 million passengers in 2025, which is the target of the government of Sri Lanka, the AASL said.
Prasanna Ranatunga, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mrs. S. M Mohamed, the Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, AASL, members of the Board of Directors of Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd, CEO &other Senior Officers of Taisei Group of Companies and the senior management of AASL were also present at this occasion.