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* BIA new Apron and taxiways open
Thu, Nov 25, 2021, 08:41 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 25, Colombo: The new Apron area and taxiways at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), under the Package B, was declared open for airlines Thursday (Nov 25) with the participation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka Mizukoshi Hideaki.

Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga, Namal Rajapaksa Minister of Youth & Sports and State Minister of Digital Technology and Entrepreneur Development, D. V. Chanaka State Minister of Aviation and Development of Export Zones together with Major General (Rtd.) G.A. Chandrasiri, Chairman of Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Limited, and other dignitaries were present at the occasion.

The project is in accordance with the vision of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa under the policy initiative ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendor’ built as part of the project to expand BIA with the objective of making Sri Lanka one of the most important aviation hubs in Asia.

The New Apron Area Development Project will expand the apron area to include another 23 parking stands for aircrafts at the airport (approximate area 210,000m2) and Construction of Taxiways (Approximate area 17,000 m2).

This increases the total capacity of the airport to 48 parking stands, allowing considerably more aircrafts to be served at the apron area as Sri Lanka begins to open its borders and restart its economy.

Furthermore, the completion of the project will see the number of check-in counters increase to 149, while the immigration windows will be increased to 83 from the current 27. The airbase entrance too will increase, from four to 10.

Under the Package A, construction of new passenger terminal building commenced in December 2020 and the project is expected to be completed by 2023.

Once completed, the new terminal building will be able to handle nine million passengers per annum and it will increase the total capacity of BIA to 15 million per annum from the current 6 million.

The BIA expansion project was launched in 2014 under the leadership of then President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.

The new apron is a momentous step in the development of the main gateway Bandaranaike International Airport. It will enhance Sri Lanka’s global competitiveness.

 

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