Colombo (LNW): The Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) recorded a growth of 20% in the first quarter of 2023 compared with 2022 and facilitate over 18,000 passenger movements and 120 aircraft movements daily, in a bid to boost the confidence among the international airlines and Sri Lanka’s aviation industry for the better prospects, announced the Airport and Aviation Services Sri Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. (AASL).
A statement by the AASL said that passenger movements rose by approximately 20 per cent at the BIA and flight movements recorded by 7 per cent in the first quarter of this year compared to the corresponding predecessor.
Accordingly, the passenger movements indicates a growth from 1,374,130 to 1,651,039, and flight movements, from 9,357 to 10,018.
The AASL, as the civil airport operator and the aviation services provider, has been able to meet the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) requirements for the aviation security systems at the BIA and other airports, reassuring that Sri Lanka’s airports and skies are safe.
“BIA had facilitated 9.95 million passengers in 2019 and 62,195 aircraft movements before the global pandemic. BIA continues to create a happy journey for its travellers, elevating the passenger experience to new heights,” the statement added.