Electronic Shopping Mall opens at BIA enhancing modern facilities
Even amidst economic crisis, cash strapped Sri Lanka is striving to develop Colombo as a destination for aviation by completing the construction work of the Terminal 2 of Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this year.
With the objective of enhancing the passenger experience at the Arrival Duty-Free area at Airport (BIA), all duty-free electronic shops were relocated to the 2nd floor of the arrival terminal building.
The opening ceremony of the new premises was held yesterday on Tuesday 03 with the participation of Nimal Siripala De Silva, Minister of Ports, Shipping & Aviation.
The scope of work consisted of the construction of a new electronic mall on the second floor of the new passenger terminal building, the shifting of 31 arrival duty-free shops from the first floor to the second floor, the installation of two escalators and two glass elevators, the construction of a structural steel staircase, the extension of three existing elevators, and the construction of four washroom blocks, etc.
This expansion of passenger facilitation and the shifting of the duty-free shops from the first floor to the second floor result in improving the image of the airport and Sri Lanka in every aspect. AASL spent approximately Rs. 225 million on the relocation, which added a total floor area of 1900 square meters. This relocation will facilitate the passengers’ use of their duty-free allowance for consumer electronics.
The overall expectation from the airport and aviation services by establishing the “BIA New Arrival Electronic Mall” is to enhance the arrival duty-free shopping experience of passengers and enhance the service quality of the airport. It has been a dire need for BIA to make such a difference in the arrival of duty-free goods and provide an enhanced customer experience.
Air transportation today determines a country’s economic power and the successful completion of these infrastructure projects automatically elevates our country’s economic prosperity, by adding to its foreign exchange earnings, GDP, creating new jobs, creating new industries, and expanding aviation, and travel-related industries.
Airports play a significant role in branding nations and they act as catalysts for socio-economic prosperity. The commencement of BIA Terminal 2 will be a giant step towards becoming an aviation hub in the region. Sri Lanka will fly to new heights of the globe.
The construction works of the new terminal 2 commenced on 15th December 2020 and it is expected to complete the project on 14th December 2023.
Project Management Unit (PMU), AASL together with the JV Japan Airport Consultants (JAC)/Nippon Koei Co., Ltd. – (JAC/NK), the consultants of the project and TAISEI Corporation, Japan, the contractor are working towards the achievement of the objectives of the project.