Fly by night at BIA from January to April

Hundreds of flights to be rescheduled or cancelled to revamp 30-year-old runway

For three months next year, Sri Lanka’s main international airport -the Bandaranaike International Airport ( BIA) – will permit flights mostly at night due to the revamping of its 30-year old runway.

The Civil Aviation Authority ( CAA) informed the airline and travel industry last week that flights would not be permitted between 8.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. from January 6 to April 6 next year.

The CAA said in a statement that these times had been decided in consultation with airline operators as the most practical period and time to close the airport for renovations. This indicates that most flights take place at night.

The BIA currently handles on average 170 flights a day, Airport and Aviation Services officials said. About 60 flights of 24 airlines operate during the day. They said all daytime flights would be rescheduled for the night in coordination with airline operators.

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