This will be carried out in sections, and see the airport’s capacity raised from six to 15 million passengers per year through the building of an additional pier and a new two-tier terminal.
The first part of the second stage of the second phase of the development is scheduled to be complete by early 2017.
Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, and PM of Japan, Shinzō Abe, launched stage two on September 7, and it is part of the ‘Mahinda Chinthana – Vision for the Future’ to make it an aviation hub.
The project will see an additional finger pier constructed to the west of the existing one, including a two-tier passenger terminal with arrivals and departures separated.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is providing assistance for this stage with the loan agreement being signed directly with Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd.
Japan and Sri Lanka’s strong friendship dates back to the post Second World War era, and the development at Bandaranaike International is said to stand as a monument to this lasting relationship.