Steps taken to minimise congestion at BIA

2019-03-25 at 15:34

The government says steps have been taken to minimise congestions at the Bandaranaike International Airport.

Speaking in Parliament during the Committee Stage Debate today State Minister of Transport Ashoka Abeysinghe said work on the second terminal will resume promptly.

The State Minister noted the Airport has a capacity of 6.5 million adding due to the arrival around 11 million passengers in the recent past a congestion has been created.

State Minister Abeysinghe stressed duty-free shops are being relocated to minimise the congestion.

He claimed expenditure at the second terminal, brought up by the former Minister, was 47% more than what the engineers estimated.

The State Minister said the new system is expected to manage the congestion until constructions on the second terminal start.

The State Minister added a final decision on operations at the Mattala Airport will be reached promptly.

State Minister of Transport noted the upgrade of the Palali Airport will be headed by the Minister of Transport under the auspices of the Prime Minister.

He claimed the Civil Aviation Authority will spend Rs.2 billion to modernise the Mattala Airport and commence domestic flights while the government also hope to commence domestic flights at the Ratmalana, Mattala, Sigiriya, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Palali and Katunayake airports.