Under the directives of Major General (Rtd) G. A. Chandrasiri, Chairman, Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited, a series of meetings were held and site visits were conducted with Japan’s Taisei Corporation, the contractor of the BIA Terminal 2 project, Japan Airport Consultants (JAC) and the senior officials of AASL to accelerate the BIA Terminal 2 project.

A meeting was held on 13th July 2020 at the AASL Board Room with the participation of Major General (Rtd) G. A. Chandrasiri, Chairman AASL, Mr. A. Warushahennadige, Director AASL, Japan’s Taisei Corporation representatives, JAC representatives and Heads of the Divisions of AASL to confer the commencement plans of the project construction.

The officials discussed the matters related to workforce mobilization plans, foreign staff facilitation, and staffing of the Project Management Unit (PMU) at the meeting. Further, the officials discussed the passenger traffic arrangements to be implemented after the commencement of construction work.

The new state of the art passenger terminal will have the capacity to handle 9 million passenger movements which will increase the total handling capacity at BIA to 15 million per annum.


In view of diagnosing the COVID-19 affected passengers arriving in Sri Lanka, a PCR test laboratory has been established at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).

Accordingly, Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited has funded Rs.16.5 mn for this (PCR) laboratory.The laboratory is equipped with the latest technology, including automated sample extractors, PCR machines, consumables, pharmacological refrigerators and freezers, generators, reagents, and dedicated utilities such as water supply, electricity, and telecommunication, etc

The handing over of the PCR laboratory to Ministry of Health & Indigenous Medicine by AASL took place on 9th of July 2020 with the participation of Major General Dr. S.H Munasinghe Secretary of the Minister of Health & Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Anil Jasinghe Director General of Health Services, Dr. Jayaruwan Bandara Director of Sri Lanka Medical Research Institute, Major General (Rtd.) G. A. Chandrasiri Chairman AASL, Mr. Rajeewasiri Sooriyaarachchi Vice Chairman AASL, Board of Directors AASL, senior officials of AASL and other officials of Ministry of Health and Medical Research Unit. At present, this PCR laboratory at BIA has the capacity to conduct 500 PCR tests per day.

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Sri Lanka were scheduled to be audited under the USAP-CMA, during the period 10th - 19th June’20.  Scheduled audit was postponed indefinitely, owing to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 which affected almost all ICAO Member States.  Currently, ICAO has 193 Member States.

   Under the Universal Security Audit Program (USAP) - 2nd cycle, Sri Lanka were last audited in the year 2012 May 24th-31st, based on her performances on the effective implementation of aviation security oversight system, under eight critical elements in nine audit areas. Sri Lanka scored a very satisfactory 85.06%, well above the world average of 67.89% based on the results of 145 States already audited by then were taken into account of the total of 191 Member States.

The postponed audit would be rescheduled by the ICAO shortly, hopefully towards the end of year 2020.

oneworld ® has launched an information portal to provide customers the latest updates on the health and well-being measures they can expect while travelling, further underlining the commitment by the global alliance’s member airlines to the safety and care of their passengers.

Hosted on oneworld.com,the portal serves as a one-stop customer resource for information on the various measures implemented on the ground and inflight by oneworld member airlines, as well as major airports in the oneworld global network. Customers travelling on multi-sector journeys across the alliance can be assured that oneworld member airlines are committed to protecting their health and well-being through every step of their journey.

The measures introduced by member airlines include contactless check-in, enhanced and expanded cleaning of aircraft and customer touchpoints in airports and lounges, physical distancing during the boarding process, and the wearing of masks and face coverings. These are in addition to underlying measures including the use of HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters on board aircraft.

On the portal, customers may easily view the latest information on the health and well-being measures implemented by their preferred oneworld airline. Customers may also look up the measures that have been introduced at major airports in the oneworld global network, to further prepare for their upcoming journey.

oneworld CEO Rob Gurney said: “Safety has always been the top priority for oneworld member airlines. While the flying experience is different during these challenging times, our member airlines have implemented additional measures to protect the health and safety of customers. The portal we introduced today is another step of that commitment, and we hope that customers may have even greater peace of mind as they resume their travel.”

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About oneworld

oneworld brings together 13 world-class airlines - American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines, and around 20 of their affiliates. Fiji Airways is a oneworld connect partner. Collectively, these airlines:

• Serve 1,000 airports in 170 territories, with 13,000 daily departures.

• Carry almost 500 million passengers a year on a combined fleet of 3,300 aircraft.

oneworld member airlines work together to deliver consistently a superior, seamless travel experience, with special privileges and rewards for frequent flyers, including earning and redeeming miles and points across the entire alliance network. Top tier cardholders (Emerald and Sapphire) enjoy access to more than 650 airport lounges and are offered extra baggage allowances. The most regular travelers (Emerald) can also use fast track security lanes at select airports.

oneworld holds three times as many “best airline alliance” awards as its competitors combined.

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