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  1. #1001
    AirAsia offers to build special terminal at BIA for budget carriers

    AirAsia has offered to build a special terminal at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) for low-cost carriers under a five-year investment of US$ 70-100 million. The Malaysian carrier’s proposal to set up a budget carrier based out of BIA was put forward more than one year ago.

    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CCEM) has now approved the bid and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Tourism Minister John Amaratunga have submitted a joint Cabinet paper. It is scheduled to be taken up when the Cabinet next convenes.

    AirAsia’s plans were first discussed with Public Enterprise Development Minister Kabir Hashim who last week claimed he was bypassed. A visiting team met him in March and July 2017 and on one occasion made a presentation to a technical committee appointed by his Ministry. A similar summary was given to the CCEM on November 8.

    The Prime Minister’s office was approached directly as the process was stagnating, reliable sources said. AirAsia is looking at a possible public-private partnership with up to US$ 100 million in foreign direct investment. In its presentation, the company maintained that a budget-carrier would catalyse the tourism industry. Sri Lanka with its eight UNESCO heritage sites received just 2.1 million tourist arrivals last year in comparison to 26 million visitors to Malaysia over the same period, though that country has only four UNESCO heritage sites.

    The long process to obtain an air operator’s certificate will begin once the Sri Lankan Government grants in-principle approval for the project. AirAsia envisages the deployment of 24 aircraft — including in Jaffna and Hambantota — over a five-year period, officials who attended the presentation said. Operations would be based primarily out of Colombo in the first three years.

    An increase in tourist arrivals during that period would make development of the Palaly airport in the North feasible, the presentation said. The company expressed confidence that the Sri Lankan diaspora will support that initiative because of their links to the Jaffna peninsula. Hambantota could be used to promote travel to tourist destinations in the East.

    AirAsia did a detailed study before approaching the Sri Lankan Government, official sources in Colombo said. Its team pointed out that, according to industry research, aviation had a multiplier effect of 13 times. Therefore, their investment is expected to bring steep returns to the country in terms of airport charges, tourist spending and airport tax. And it is estimated that Sri Lanka’s anticipated tourist arrivals for 2022 will rise from 5.1 million to 9.6 million through the operation of a low-cost carrier.

    The company will start looking for a local joint venture partner for the PPP after in-principle approval is granted. A dedicated terminal for budget carriers, meanwhile, has been projected as essential. Such terminals designed and built to keep costs low, reduce airport tax and charges and enable quick turnaround times. AirAsia has offered its in-house experts to design and build the facility. The airline has made it clear that it would be for the use of all budget carriers servicing Sri Lanka.

  2. #1002
    Boss of Malaysia's AirAsia Tony Fernandes tweeted praise for Sri Lanka following reports that the budget carrier was in talks to set up a joint venture airline and help build a budget terminal in the island.

  3. #1003
    Minister Nimal Siripala said during budget debate yesterday that for CMB airport development project JICA had called tenders among Japanese companies and their bids were 45% higher than engineers estimate. Because of that new passenger terminal constructions has got delayed. Discussions are underway to solve the issues. As an interim solution they're building new small scale terminal

  4. #1004
    H'tota Port, Mattala Airport -- Chinese, Indian funds will boost foreign reserves: PM

    The funds received from China Merchant Company in connection with the Hambantota Port Project and those received from the Indian company in connection with the Mattala Airport will be credited to a special account thus boosting the country's foreign reserves, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday.

  5. #1005
    4R-ANE is already in Colombo??

  6. #1006
    Passenger terminal facilitating 15 million passengers per year to be built in Colombo Airport

    The Sri Lankan government has focused on improving the passenger handling capacity of its international airport in Colombo significantly.

    The passenger handling capacity of the current terminal is 6 million passengers a year. However in 2016 the airport handled 9.5 million passengers and the number is rising annually.

    Steps have already been taken to improve passenger capacity to 15 million per year by the year 2022.

    However, in order to ease the passenger congestion while the project is underway, as an interim measure the Transport & civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has proposed building a temporary pre-stressed passenger terminal by the end of 2018.

    During busy hours a terminal that can handle departures of 400 passengers per hour is needed.

    Accordingly Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva's proposal to build a temporary pre-stressed passenger terminal to facilitate 400 passengers per hour at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

  7. #1007
    Quote Originally Posted by Rahmy221 View Post

    How long they have been doing this construction work ? The airport doesn't give good impression for the passengers.

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