Mar 12, 2012 (LBO) - Passenger movements through Sri Lanka's main international airport rose to 6.4 million above its design capacity of 6 million passengers, and the state-run agency was scrambling to add capacity, an official said.
Last year, according to the agency's annual report, the international airport at Katunayake handled 5.259 million passengers indicating an increase of 21 percent.
Chairman of the state airport agency, Sri Lanka Airport and Aviation Services Ltd, Prasanna Wickramasuriya told a forum organized by Sri Lanka's shipping academy that the airport handled 208,000 metric tonnes of cargo, up from 187,000 tonnes a year earlier.
The airport can handle 250,000 metric tonnes of cargo a year.
The airport can accommodated 25 airside movements an hour. The airport has been experiencing congestion especially at so-called 'hub peaks'.
Tourist arrivals have been growing over 30 percent a year since a 30-year war ended in 2009.
Thirty three airlines now call at Colombo.
"Day-by-day the enthusiasm is more and other airlines wants to fly into Sri Lanka," Wickramasuriya said.
Wickramasuriya said capacity will be upped by a million passengers a year.
The airport was building a one million passenger domestic terminal to be completed by the end of the year. But it will initially used for international traffic, he said.
Private jet movements had also increased 27 percent, making it difficult to accommodate them, he said. They will be shifted to small airport at Ratmalana, south of the capital Colombo he said.
The airport firm had signed up a loan from Japan to up passenger capacity to 12 million and cargo to 510,000 by 2015, he said.
Sri Lanka one-million-passenger second international airport in Hambantota is also expected to be completed by end 2012 or the first quarter of 2013.
400 ha of that is set aside for main airport infrastructure
The Runway (Orientation – 05/23, code F) dimension is 3500m * 60m with 7.5m paved shoulders either side and 260m RESA on both runway ends. Taxiway
There will be two stub Taxiways: TWY A (Code F) – Dimension: 360 * 60m TWY B (Code C) – Dimension: 362.5m * 25m Apron
The Apron area will be 73,500m2, consist of 10 aircrafts parking stands (for paring of mix of aircrafts from narrow body to wide body)
Cargo apron: Area 18,800m2 consist of 2 aircrafts stands (Provisional) Terminal Building
The Terminal building will be of area 12,000m2(apprx) with the capacity to handle 1,000,000 passengers per annum.
Balance 400 ha is to be allocated for related industries.
Emphasis on environment conservation.
15% of energy requirements to be met from renewable energy sources.
Air distance between BIA and HIA 90.8 nautical miles. Located South-East to BIA
Air Traffic Control TowerThe air traffic Control Tower of height 41m will be constructed at the highest elevation of the aerodrome (55m AMSL)
Airport Fire And Rescue Station (Afrs)The AFRS will be the facilities to cater Category 10 requirements
Visual AidsAirfield Ground Lighting System will comprise:
CAT 1 High Intensity Approach Lighting at RWY 23 end.
Simple Approach Lighting System at RWY 05 end.
Precision Approach Path Indicators 9PAPI) for RWY 05 AND 23
In order to capitalize on the rapid growth of the tourist industry, a Malaysian company has decided to invest in a Metro Train System, which would connect Colombo Fort with the Bandaranaike International Airport. The project cost is estimated at around US$ 600 million and funds would be raised via an equity issue.
Airport Express Air and Rail Company (AEARC) of Malaysia would invest in the project which would see the distance between the two points being covered in 25 minutes......
One of the busiest and upgraded airports in the Asian region, the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is not ranked nor is it in the fray for any ranking even with the Airports Council International (ACI) which ranks airports based on safety, security, environment, airport service quality, airport economics, facilitation and technology.
“While the physical infrastructure of BIA has improved vastly, the organization is now showing the ill effects of abuse of power for political and venal purposes, and the creeping recolonization by government mindsets,” said Prof. Rohan Samarajiva, former Sri Lanka Telecommunications regulator.
However, BIA Chairman Prasanna Wickramasuriya said that in 2010, the BIA was ranked 4th in the world for Safety and Regulation by the Interna- tional Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
“We were awarded the fourth place in the world for Safety and Regulations by ICAO. But we did not highlight this rating,” he said adding that the other criteria were not rated. “We are planning to go with the rating and we are working on it. Now we are into improving the quality of the BIA systems.”
Japan grants US$ 510 million loan to Sri Lanka for social and economic development
Wed, Mar 28, 2012, 11:45 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Mar 28, Colombo: The government of Japan today announced that it has provided Sri Lanka with a loan package of approximately Rs. 66 billion rupees (42.477 billion Yen) for three projects to aimed to facilitate the social and economic development initiatives in the country.
Ambassador of Japan Nobuhito Hobo on behalf of the Government of Japan and Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Planning Dr. P.B. Jayasundera on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka signed the loan agreement Wednesday, March 28th at the Ministry of a Finance and Planning in Colombo.
Under the Phase 2 of the Bandaranaike International Airport Development Project approximately Rs. 45 billion of the loan will be provided to improve and modernize the facilities of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and construct a second passenger terminal in order to cope with the increased air traffic and transform the airport as a main commercial and business hub in the region, a press release by the Embassy of Japan in Colombo said.
In the earlier phase Japan provided Rs. 19 billion to improve the facilities of the airport including among others the construction of a modern departure passenger terminal that is currently in use.
Approximately Rs. 6 billion) will be provided to improve the health facilities in the country under the 'Project for Improvement of Basic Social Services Targeting Emerging Regions'.
This portion of the loan is to be used to strengthen the drug production capacity of the State Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Corporation (SPMC), upgrade facilities of secondary hospitals in Central, Sabaragamuwa, North Western and Eastern Provinces to function as core hospitals and to provide around 125 ambulances to rural hospitals.
Under this project a building will be constructed and refurnished modern machinery will be installed to locally manufacture drugs to alleviate the drug shortages in state hospitals.
The third project will receive approximately Rs. 15 billion to construct the 220 KV Transmission Line from Habarana to Veyangoda to improve the stability and reliability of the transmission system, to cater to the growing demand of electricity in the country, and to increase efficiency in the power sector.
The three projects are in line with the needs identified by the Sri Lankan government, Japan said.
The loans under this scheme are offered on highly concessionary terms and conditions and are administered by Japan's International Cooperation Agency.
"This year Japan and Sri Lanka commemorate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and these projects are symbolic in terms of Japan�s long-term cooperation in Sri Lanka's overall development process and strengthening the bonds of goodwill between our two countries, " the Embassy said in its statement.
AFAIK the picture Highflyer provided is what it will look like when it opens (Stage 1). Once the airport is expanded after a few years it will look like your picture (Stage 2). Not entirely sure so correct me if Im wrong.