Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry Nimal Siripala de Silva said a new terminal building will be built at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) at a cost of Rs. 65 billion. He further state that the present terminal building can accommodate only six million passengers. Where the BIA capacity is not sufficient to handle all passenger movements and air freight as last year alone there had been over 8.5 million passenger movements. That is why the government planned to construct a new terminal building for the airport.
He said accommodation facilities should be improved to attract tourists to the country and If we do not follow international standards in building airports and improving facilities according to passenger demands, airlines will not come to Sri Lanka.
And he further state the existing runaway will repair at a cost of Rs. 200 million while new runaway will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 8 billion as there is a necessity of a new runaway to accommodate more aircraft.