The project to construct Sri Lanka's 2nd International Airport at Mattala, Hambanthota launched by HE the President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday, 27th November 2009.
The new airport will be a boon to the local aviation industry while being a catalyst for the economic development of the southern province through the enabling of international trade, tourism, vocational training and employment.
The new airport will be geared to support both international and domestic travel, air-sea cargo transshipment in conjunction with the Hambanthota sea port and will be the alternative to BIA. It will be ready for operations in 2012.
The amount spent on the entire project will be 200 million US dollars. The Chinese government provides financial assistance. The area allocated for the airport is two thousand hectares. Construction will take place under two stages.
BIA second phase development to commence this year
Dharma SRI ABEYRATNE
The second phase of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) development and expansion project will commence this year, Civil Aviation Minister Priyankara Jayaratne said.
Speaking to the Daily News, the minister said the BIA will provide air passengers with more modern facilities and services with the completion of the second phase. Under this development and expansion project a new passenger bridge will be constructed.
'The bridge will comprise eight passenger terminals. Now the BIA has only one passenger bridge and eight passenger terminals. With the construction of the new passenger bridge BIA passenger terminals will increase to 16. In addition, other facilities available at the airport will significantly be improved. Under this programme duty free shopping complex will be built together with many other facilities,' the minister said.
As a result of the peaceful atmosphere in the country, many airlines have shown keenness to come to Sri Lanka. Therefore, it is important to increase the number of passenger terminals while increasing facilities, he added.
Minister Jayaratne further said that Ratmalana airport will be developed as a city airport so as to operate parallel to the BIA. Small aircraft which are now operating to and from BIA will operate from Ratmalana airport once it is developed as a city airport.
Besides, two inland airports will be constructed in Kandy and Nuwara Eliya during this year. Land has been selected in Kandy for the inland airport while suitable land is being explored for the Nuwara Eliya airport. These two inland airports will be commissioned this year, Minister Jayaratne added.
Sri Lanka's first monorail track to be built in southern port city
Jan 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka plans to build its first monorail track in the southern port city of Hambantota to link the second international airport at Mattala and the Suriyawewa International cricket stadium.
Hambantota district Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa has told state-run Daily News the government is currently talking to several investors to build the three-kilometer stretch of the monorail system.
The project, expected to commence next year, will be able to link several key developments in the expanding port city.
MP Rajapaksa has said that one of the developments would be an IT park which would provide direct employment to over 1,500. A proposed convention center and a 3000-room apartment complex are among the planned investment projects.
The government seeks investors to build the monorail track on a build-and-operate basis to keep the investment and maintenance costs down.
Sri Lanka to expand passenger handling capacity of airports
Jan 20, Colombo: Anticipating millions of tourist arrivals to the country in the future, the Sri Lankan government has taken measures to increase the passenger handling capacity at the country's airports.
The government says arrangements have been made to double the passenger handling capacity to 12 million by 2015 from the current capacity of 6 million.
Under an ambitious five-year plan launched last year by the Economic Development Minister to boost tourism in the country, Sri Lanka targets 2.5 million tourist arrivals by 2016. The country expects to reach a target of one million tourist arrivals this year.
Chairman of the Airport and Aviation Sri Lanka Limited Prasanna Wickramasooriya has said that air cargo handling services will also be increased in parallel to the increase of the passenger handling capacity.
According to the official, country's second international airport at Mattala in Southern Hambantota district will be opened at the end of 2012.
The new airport will handle 60 percent of air cargo services and 40 percent of passenger services.
The government also plans to expand the present international airport at Katunayake at a cost of Rs. 350 million.
The number of terminals at the airport will be increased from 8 to 16 while facilities will be provided to land 9 aircraft at the airport.
An internal air terminal will be set up in Katunayake airport in par with internal aviation service development in the second phase of expansion project, and tenders for the project will be called in April, the official said.
The Colombo International Airport would be upgraded to cater for six million passengers by 2018. This is a 100 percent increase.
Airport Aviation Services Chairman Col. Prasanna Wickramasuriya said that this includes over one million passengers using the Hambantota International Airport (HJA) as well.
Work on the HIA passenger terminal building in progress
He also said that the HIA construction work is on track and the new airport runway testing would start from October and would be open for commercial flights form November.
“The second stage of the HIA project is to be completed by 2018,” he said.
Wickramasuriya said that initially they would target the charter operation and subsequently attract budget airlines to operate to HIA. “With tourism booming many airlines have requested for additional frequencies and we are planning to divert them to HIA,” he said.
HIA has allocated a large space for a proposed duty free shopping complex for the airport and they expect this would bring in a special ‘shopping’ clientele similar to Singapore.
He also disclosed that investors have expressed interest to set up a publishing zone in Mattala.
SriLankan Airlines will look at rerouting some of their European and Gulf flights through the Hambantota International Airport (HIA) from next November CEO, Kapila Chandrasena said.
He said that their plan is to have a stop over in HIA so that passengers could have the option of disembarking in Mattala while passengers too could take connections to Colombo.
“Similarly we are also looking at operating the Male transit market from the proposed Mattala Airport,” he said.
The national carrier will also handle the ground handling and catering services of the new airport. “The handling rates would be definitely more competitive than the Colombo Airport,” he said.
While spelling out plans to have an extension arm of their engineering wing at HIA he said that they will soon sign up to get a second A330 simulator for pilot training.
SriLankan, which is expected to strengthen their air taxi services with two additional aircraft, is to build an air taxi hub in Bandagirlya Tank in Mattala. This would be a five-minute drive from the HIA and a four-lane highway would connect it to the airport.
The airport is undergoing resurfacing of its runway. It has been announced, as of December 3, 2009, that its current runway will be extended to 3,350 metres. Future projects may include a second runway to support the Airbus A380, a further eight passenger gates, a domestic terminal, a five storey car-park, and a five star hotel neighbouring the airport. New approach channels into the airport will be created in 2012.
Runway and expansion
The Bandaranaike international airport has a single runway (04/22) with asphalt surface. The take-off and landing distances of the runway are 3,441m and 3,350m respectively. The overall length of the runway is 91m. There is a plan to construct a second runway to support the Airbus A380. The construction is expected to begin in 2012.
Runway Overlay by 2009
A second runway begin construction on this work around March/April 2012
Second Runway- 4,000 X 60 meters. 1.5 kilo meters North or South from existing runway
Stage II, Phase II Expansion Project
Project Implementation 2007-2012
Airport access roads and landside curbs
Multi-storey car park
Expansion of the duty free area by 125 shops
Additional Passenger Terminal Building- 120,000 sqm with segregated departures and arrivals levels.
Pier (40 X 300 meters)- 8 gates, with gate lounges and aero-bridges. Total aero-bridge capacity to be upgraded to 16 aero-bridges.
Expansion of International Aircraft Parking capacity to 32 aircraft
Expansion of Passenger Movement Capacity to 16 million people per annum
Expansion of cargo movement capacity to 1,000,000 tons per annum
Additional Remote Aircraft Apron
New Cargo Terminal Building
Construction of new apron
Construction of new taxiways
Construction of a second runway
Construction of elevated roadway and roads;
Construction of a passenger terminal building (floor area approximately 104,000 square Metres);
Construction of public utilities;
Renovation of departure and arrival porch and walkway at existing passenger building
Construction of related facilities
Domestic terminal at BIA
Construction of elevated roadway and roads
Construction of public utilities
Renovation of departure and arrival porch and walkway at existing passenger building
Construction of related facilities
Construction of Air traffic control system
Construction of electricity system.
Construction of road and multi-level car parking
Construction of a power supply system
Construction of a water supply system
Terminal 1, international flights
Terminal 2, international flights under construction and expected completion in 2014
The arrival and departure areas in the passenger terminal are located close to each other, easing the movement of passengers between terminals. There are 50 check-in desks, 12 gates, 575 short-term parking spaces, three airport hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, bars, a VIP lounge, duty-free shop and disabled access / facilities. In 2009, a lounge named Silk Route was opened at the terminal. It provides facilities such as food, newspapers and the internet.
Terminal 3, for domestic flights at BIA will be open next March 2012
Terminal 4, for cargo flights
Terminal 5, for cargo flights
Terminal 6, for cargo flights
The cargo village terminal I occupies an area of 2,787m², and includes freight forwarders, warehouses, airline offices, banks, courier service, gem and diamond exchange and customs. The 1,858m² cargo village terminal II has facilities for refrigerated and frozen cargo, airmail sorting centre and offshore avionics workshop.The airport has been a popular cargo port for a long time and it is not unusual to see a few cargo aircraft at the airport at any given time. The cargo airlines that have served Colombo in the past include Emirates and Lufthansa. Currently MidEx Airlines is the most active freight carrier at the airport, operating daily flights from Al Ain, followed closely by Expo Aviation. "Facilitating international trade, the BIA provides cargo handling services with a capacity of 250,000 MT and a dedicated, well-trained team. With the expansion that is underway, the air cargo terminal will undoubtedly play a key role in supporting the needs and demands of industry."
Additional Rs one billion for Northern development:
Shirajiv SIRIMANE in Jaffna
The Palali Airport will be upgraded as an international airport for Indian traffic and regional passengers, said Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Minister Douglas Devananda.
Speaking to the Daily News after inaugurating the third edition of the Jaffna Trade Fair yesterday, the minister said that the Indian government is assisting this project and work is in progress.
The minister said that an additional Rs one billion will be allocated by the government for infrastructure development in the Northern Province this year.
Devananda said that the on going exhibition organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry with Lanka Exhibition and Conference Services (LECS), which concludes tomorrow, has helped Northern entrepreneurs to find Southern partners and also acquire new technology.
“The Indian government will continue to assist the North and East reconstruction process and will also find an Indian partner to review the Elephant Pass saltern in the area which has not been operating for the past 20 years,” said Consul General of India in Jaffna, V Mahalingam.
“They will also help with infrastructure development of the Palali Airport elevating it to an international airport and also develop the Kankesanthurai Harbour at a cost of US 20 million,” Mahalingam said. He said that the Indian government is helping in the infrastructure development of the Achuveli Industrial Zone which is expected to be ready by April.
Mahalingam said that the 50, 000 housing project which is provided by India is the single biggest investment by the Indian government to any country with an investment of US $ 270 million.He also told the Daily News that they issue around 50 to 75 visas per day to travel to India for both leisure and business.A record 304 stalls with 40 Indian companies are showcasing their products this year. The organizers have also invested Rs 2.5 million to provide a sprinkler system, fence and lighting system for the Duraiappah Stadium as part of their CRS towards Jaffna, LECS director Imran Hassan said. Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited is the media sponsor of the event.
RI LANKA. World Duty Free Group, trading as Autogrill Lanka, is refurbishing its two shops at Colombo Bandaranaike Airport with a new design.
The works, which are under way, seek to create more open spaces for an easier and more enjoyable purchasing experience, and are expected to be completed during the first half of this year, the retailer said.
The shops, which are located in the Arrivals and Departures terminals, will boast a new and "state-of-the-art" design, the company added.
Covering a total area of 490sq m, they will feature purpose-built areas for promotional launches, as well as customised and specially designed furniture following the latest visual merchandising trends.
The revamp seeks to create more open spaces for an easier and more enjoyable purchasing experience
World Duty Free Group International Director of Operations Pedro Castro said: “By refurbishing these stores we are consolidating our presence in the Asian market as purveyors of quality and leading brands, offering a broad range of unique products.
"Our team differentiates itself precisely for its ongoing collaboration with suppliers of international renown in all product categories, including perfumes, cosmetics and beverages. Our goal is to offer high-quality products at competitive prices.”
World Duty Free Group has been operating in Sri Lanka since 1996.
WATCH THIS VIDEO ON DUTY FREE SHOPPING AT COLOMBO AIRPORT, WHICH SHOWS THE RESPECTIVE RETAIL OFFERS OF AUTOGRILL LANKA AND FLEMINGO AS AT LATE JANUARY
RS 40,557 M JICA ASSISTANCE FOR PHASE 2 OF BIA DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
The Japanese Government has agreed to provide a loan of Japanese Yen 28,969 million (approximately Rs 40,557 million) through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to improve and modernize the facilities of the Bandaranaike International Airport.
The facilities at BIA are to be modernized to transform it as a main commercial and business hub by connecting the eastern and the western countries.
With the dawn of peaceful environment tourism industry has grown rapidly while number of tourist visiting the country has increased The proposal made by President, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning, to enter into a loan agreement with JICA, was approved by the Cabinet.
Govt. to embark on Stage II of US $ 500 mn BIA expansion project
March 3, 2012, 7:27 pm
The agreement for the BIA expansion project will be signed between Finance Secretary Dr P. B. Jayasundara and JICA officials shortly.Construction is expected to be completed by 2016, Jinadasa Rajapaksa, an Ministry official said.
With the proposed expansion, the BIA passenger handling capacity would be doubled to 12 million per annum. The cargo handling capacity would also be increased to 500,000 metric tons from present capacity of 250,000 metric tons, he noted,
A new split level passenger terminal building which separates arrivals and departures vertically, a new pier with eight boarding gates and 14 passenger boarding bridges with a dedicated gate comprising two passenger boarding bridges for the operations of the new A-380 Airbus, will be included in the proposed new complex, he explained.
There would also be a remote apron and an additional nine parking stands to ease air traffic movements. There would be a tax free apparel shopping mall at the Katunayake BOI Zone to attract more business visitors to Sri Lanka.The tax free shopping mall is to be located adjacent to the arrival terminal and connected by a sky bridge, he said.
The security, administration, fire services buildings and female rest rooms for navigational staff will also be expanded along with the refurbishment of the porches and departure and arrival terminals.