Construction of a new terminal at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is to commence in September 2020 and will be completed within 3 years.
Once completed, the new terminal will be able to handle another 9 million passengers per annum and which will enable BIA to handle 15 mn passengers in aggregate per annum.
Moving ahead with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s vision: ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’, AASL is geared up to develop the international airports in Sri Lanka, Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited said.
Japan Airport Consultants Inc. (JAC) and Nippon Koei Co. Ltd. (NK) are working on this project as the consultants. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been the funding partner for this project.
Under the project, a new multi-level terminal building, two new piers and a link course will be built.
The ‘Package A’ consists of construction of a new multilevel terminal building (Terminal 2) with an approximate floor area of 180,000 m2, where arrivals and departures are separated vertically.
Pier no.2 and Pier no.3 with a link concourse consists of new parking apron and taxiways, elevated access roads, multi-story car park and public utilities. TAISEI Corporation, Japan, is the contractor for this project.
S Hettiarachchi, the Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, highlighted the importance of completion of this project within 3 years for the development of the aviation industry in Sri Lanka.