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BIA closed for eight hours from January 5, for renovations

The Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva told a media briefing that the main runway of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) would be closed for three months from January 5 next year for renovations.

He said it would be closed .

“The BIA will be closed for eight hours from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm every day for three months during which a selected area of the runway would be renovated for four hours and allowed to cool down for another four hours,” the Minister said.

the Minister said a Netherland advisory team has been selected for the renovation project through a tender procedure.

He said flights could be allowed to land at the BIA for about another one year according to International Air Transport regulation because the runway had not been renovated since 1958.