Sri Lanka’s main Airport congestion now under control: Minister

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Jan 10, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Tourism Development Minister says the initial congestion caused as a result of the partial closure of the Katunayake International Airport beginning January 6 has now been eased.

The airport is closed from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm daily for a period of three months to carry out resurfacing of the main runway.

Tourism Development Ministry said the minister attended a special meeting with Emigration and Immigration Controller, AASL senior management, representatives of runway repair contractor, security heads and other top officials.

“We discussed the feasibility of introducing a separate business class check in area to ease main terminal passenger traffic,” Minister John Amaratunga said.

The Minister has been informed that the number of counters for check-ins, immigration and also customs has been increased corresponding to the increase in traffic.

“We are also exploring the possibility of enabling passenger check in at airline offices in Colombo.”

Minister said that the passenger flow was quite smooth and fast getting back to normal.

“It must be remembered that with 2 million tourist arrivals the airport is operating at 150% capacity,” he said.

“We are also looking at the possibility of reducing the 5 hour check in time. I’m confident this can be reduced in the near future.”

Some of the other measures that have been introduced are queue management, entertainment for waiting passengers, additional seating arrangements, passenger facilitation services in the emigration area and free Wi-Fi for passengers.