‘BIA Development Phase II-Stage II to commence at month’s end’ | Daily News


‘BIA Development Phase II-Stage II to commence at month’s end’

Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said yesterday that the government expects to commence the much-awaited Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) Development Project's Phase II-Stage II at the end of this month, with the aim of increasing its annual passenger-handling capacity from its current 6 million to 15 million.

The Japanese Government has provided a concessionary loan amounting to ¥74.397 million for this project, while Airport and Aviation Services Limited (AASL) has provided Rs.21.645 million. Under the project, a new multi-level terminal building, two new piers, and a link course will be built.

‘Package A’ consists of the construction of a new multi-level terminal building (Terminal 2) with an approximate floor area of 180,000 sqaure-metres, where arrivals and departures are separated vertically; as well as Pier 2 and Pier 3, a link concourse, new parking apron, taxiways, elevated access roads, a multi-storey car park, and public utilities.

TAISEI Corporation from Japan is the contractor for this project. Moving ahead with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s vision, ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’, the project is set to increase the efficiency, safety, and customer care services at the BIA even further.

Meanwhile, Package A is expected to be completed at a cost of Rs.108 billion, within three years.

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