New terminal at BIA: Construction to commence next month

The construction of a new terminal at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is to commence in September, according to Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd. (AASL).

This was revealed at an awareness programme organised by AASL last week to educate key stakeholders on the BIA Terminal 2 construction project.

Accordingly, the construction of the new terminal is to be completed within three years.

Japan Airport Consultants Inc. (JAC) and Nippon Koei Co. Ltd. (NK) are working on this project as the consultants. The Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) has been the funding partner for this project, The Morning learnt.

Under the project, a new multi-level terminal building, two new piers, and a link course will be built.

Its “Package A” comprises the construction of a new multi-level 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, new parking apron and taxiways, elevated access roads, multi-storey car park, and public utilities. Taisei Corporation, Japan, is the contractor for this project.

Once completed, the new terminal will be able to handle nine million passengers per annum, which will up the BIA’s per annum handling capacity to 15 million passengers in total.