Colombo, March 14 (NIA) – Renovation work and the re-laying of the run way at Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) will be completed by the end of this month, ahead of schedule, the Government Information Department said in a report on Tuesday.
“We will be able to open the airport two weeks ahead of time,” a Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry official said.
However the benefits of this will not go to the passengers using the airport since the airlines are not in a position to change their schedules.
The airport, although open 24 hours from the end of the month, will only have traffic flowing in from 6 p.m. to 8 30 a.m. daily, until next month.
Sri Lanka which partially closed the airport from Jan 6 initially announced that it will remain closed for eight hours during the day till April 6.
However the Government Information Department said there is a possibility that national airline carrier SriLankan Airlines may resume some of their scheduled flights to Indian destinations during the day time.