The much awaited US$ 500 million Stage 2 development of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) will get underway soon.It is expected to be completed by end 2017.
The tender for the “Package B – Remote Apron and Taxiways” will be announced shortly in the print media.
The airport will be partially closed from January 2017 for urgent runway repairs.The airport will be closed for about six hours from 9.00 a.m. for a period of three months.
SriLankan Airlines CEO Suren Ratwatte told the Daily News that they have been informed of this development.This will create major problem for SriLankan since 30 percent of their aircraft land and take off during this time.
Under the BIA development project, capacity of the airport will be enhanced by a further 9 million passengers per annum and on completion, handling capacity of BIA will be increased to 15 million passengers per annum.
The scope of the project consists of construction of a new multi-level terminal building (Terminal 2) with a floor area of 180,000 sqm, where arrivals and departures are separated vertically, consists of two pier buildings, Pier 2 and Pier 3. The new terminal will be designed for the provision of barrier free access with many environmentally friendly initiatives.
Concessionary Loan Agreements for this development was signed between Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd. and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the funding of Stage 2 of Phase II Development of BIA.
BIA which has a handling capacity of 6 million passengers per annum handled 8.5 million passengers in 2015.
“Package B – Remote Apron and Taxiways” comprises of apron to an extent of 210,000 m and taxiways of 17,000 m. The existing apron has 25 parking stands which includes 8 contact parking positions and 17 remote parking positions.
Additional 23 aircraft parking positions will be developed under BIADP II-2, which includes 16 contact gates.
On completion of the project, BIA will have 48 parking stands in total of which 24 contact parking positions, 24 nos. of remote parking positions.These parking positions will be provided with Fuel Hydrant Points by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation.
BIA which has a handling capacity of 6 million passengers per annum handled 8.5 million passengers in the year 2015.
The airport development will be a major boost to the Sri Lankan tourism industry and it would also provide additional employment.
Source : www.dailynews.lk/2016/04/28/business/80051