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Explaining as to why, outbound air passengers are required to arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) five hours prior to the departure as a result of the repairs to the runway, Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said passenger screening and checking in counters would be closed one hour in advance to departure schedules.

“Secondly, any unexpected vehicle congestion is possible on the roads leading to the BIA as traffic has been diverted through different routes and parking will be available only in the vehicle parks of the airport,” he added.

Minister De Silva said the refurbishment of the runway at the BIA was done by the Airport and Aviation Services Sri Lanka (AASL) Ltd.

“It has taken every effort to mitigate inconvenience to passengers who use the airport during the three months period from January 6 to April 5 during which the runway will remain closed from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m,” Minister De Silva said. (Sandun A Jayasekera)


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  • BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 09 January 2017 09:56 AM

    Other countries also maintain their airports, but they do not inconvenience passengers to this degree. It is clear that our way of doing things is extremely poor. All talk but no action.

    Jans Monday, 09 January 2017 11:51 AM

    Nimal pl check How Singapore maintain their RunawaysWe all know your mind via DM Android App

    Sue Monday, 09 January 2017 12:49 PM

    ...and, did you have to start this work in the peak season?

    Ron Wilson Monday, 09 January 2017 02:44 PM

    Nimal U must be living in a fools paradise to inconveneince the travelling public like this?Nimal re consider this stupid action takenj by you the MAHA DENA MUTTHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    khalef Monday, 09 January 2017 02:54 PM

    Exactly ! Why during the peak season ?

    Sumedha Monday, 09 January 2017 04:07 PM

    Yes, but other countries do not have monkeys running the country do they?

    Niran Monday, 09 January 2017 04:58 PM

    Katunayake should have parallel runways to accommodate any maintenance or closure of one the runways.

    Bull Monday, 09 January 2017 05:02 PM

    Mr buffaloWe have only one runaway. If it should be paved how come to operate flights. You come and see the masive development work going on

    Pf Monday, 09 January 2017 05:23 PM

    Why started during peak season.Cant you utilise the Mattala Airport during katunayake closing hours.Why you all not use it via DM Android App

    shantha gamlath Monday, 09 January 2017 05:48 PM

    In needy this repair is essential....

    Ranjitdea Tuesday, 10 January 2017 05:40 AM

    Two days ago I left BIA through Malaysian Airlines, I don't know why we were asked to come 5 hours early.

    Elisa Miriam Tuesday, 10 January 2017 01:00 PM

    If the runaway is closed during daytime, is it needed to take 5 hours when flight is at nightime, like in our case?


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