Emigration section at BIA relocated

The emigration section at the departure terminal of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) has been relocated.

The Airport Aviation and Service Sri Lanka (AASL) said the newly constructed ‘Emigration Hall’ at the departure passenger terminal of the BIA was declared open by the Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga today (15). 

Minister of Youth & Sports/ State Minister of  Digital Technology and Enterprise Development Namal Rajapaksa, State Minister of Aviation and Export Zones Development D. V. Chanaka, Chairman AASL Major General (Rtd) G. A. Chandrasiri, Vice Chairman-AASL Rajiv Sooriyaarachchi, and the members of the Board of Directors of the Airport Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Limited (AASL) and other distinguished guests participated in the event.

The AASL said under the BIA Terminal 1 expansion project, 23 new emigration counters have been added at the Airport and this expansion project was completely funded by the AASL at a cost Rs. 430 million. This improved and expanded design offers a new experience to our valued passengers on their happy journey through BIA. 

Under this project, the AASL has enhanced the operational area of terminal 1 by constructing a steel-structured floor in the double-height void area of the Departure check-in area with all finishes, Air-Conditioning system, Telephone & Data and extended checking area towards VIP with an additional 03 storied building including   2 escalators, 01 elevators, a staircase. Further, 5 additional check-in counters with an extended belt are provided to facilitate the passengers. New areas for shops and restaurants have been added with all services. In addition, new office areas for Emigration and SIS have been constructed with the full facility to uplift the services to the passengers.

As a reputed company, AASL strives hard to provide competitive, safe aviation services and a superlative guest experience with best practices and the latest technology to ensure stakeholder satisfaction on par with world-class international airports, it said.

The AASL said, accordingly, it is continuing the major infrastructure development projects at BIA, as it is imperative to increase the capacity of the BIA to accommodate the expected increase in the annual passenger capacity to 20 million passengers by 2025. The passenger handling capacity has been a major issue at BIA as the existing passenger terminal building has been built to handle only 6 million passengers per annum. Accordingly, it has now extended the number of emigration counters and equipped them with the latest technology to facilitate faster clearance procedures at BIA and it will reduce overcrowding and delays at the airport after a long flight and enable the passenger a hassle-free exit to reach their final destination. (Colombo Gazette)