Sri Lanka’s main airport check-in time increases

Jan 05, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport day-time shut down for a runway repair has resulted in airport authorities increasing the reporting and check-in-time for flights to avoid delays.

“This means that you need to arrive 5 hours early for any flight and not the usual 3 hours. So there will be some congestion but it will help to avoid delays,” a duty manager at the airport told Lanka Business Online.

“And in addition the check in counters will close 90 minutes ahead of a flight departure and not 60 minutes.”

The main international airport will be closed during the day from Friday, January 6th to  April 6th for a runway repair. It will only operate from 16.30 hours to 08.30 hours.

“It will be shut from 0830 hours to 1630 hours each day for maintenance work on the runway and is due for a makeover. There are already cracks appearing.”

The Airport handled 8.5 million passengers in year 2015 and exceeded its capacity of 6 million passengers per annum. BIA receives 28 airlines serving some 45 destinations and handles 170 flights and 25,000 passengers.