Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) plans to expedite the construction of the second terminal at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Sri Lanka.
According the AASL officials, the second terminal, which was delayed by years due to cost concerns, will now be fast-tracked with a committee appointed to resolve said concerns and complete the project by 2022.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is the fund provider of the project with the condition that that the construction be given to a Japanese company.
Sri Lanka received two proposals from Japanese bidders in which they had quoted 46% and 96% higher than the engineer’s estimate.
However, Sri Lankan committee resumed negotiation with Japanese construction company that quoted 46% higher than the estimate, with the hope of bringing the cost down.
The Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) designed to handle 6 million passengers per year, handles 170 aircraft movement per day with an annual traffic of 10 million passengers.
The new terminal is expected be operational by 2022 and will be able to handle nine million passengers annually as initially planned, bringing the total BIA terminals’ capacity to 15 million.
The new terminal building would feature 96 check-in counters, eight baggage claim belts, seven baggage make-up carousels, 16 contact boarding gates with 28 passenger boarding bridges, and six bus gates. The scope also includes a capacity enhancement of the incinerator, water treatment plant, and sewerage treatment plant.