Growing Wings

An ambitious three-year expansion drive to upgrade the Bandaranaike Airport into a regional air hub officially got off ground Wednesday.

The Airport is being expanded in two phases. The first will be development of existing terminal facilities and phase two will focus on adding another runway to the airport. rn

rnThe Japan Bank for International Co-operation (JBIC) stepped in with funding for first stage of the project, investing Rs. 10 bn.rn

rnThe project will expand the apron and terminal building, increase cargo handling capacity and fund new air navigation equipment. rn

rnThe new apron being constructed in the first phase will increase aircraft capacities by 23 percent from the current 17 to 21 aircraft.rn

rnThe project also includes a 300-meter pier connected with 8-10 aerobridges. rn

rnldblquote For the first time in Sri Lanka, there will be passenger boarding bridges,
dblquote says Hemasiri Fernando, Chairman Airport Aviation Services.rn

rnldblquote Once complete, the major