ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has spent 225 million rupees to move all duty-free electronic shops at the Bandaranaike International Airport to the second floor to create a better order and ambience in the airport, officials said.
AASL has spent 225 million rupees to allocate 1900 square meters on the second floor for 31 electronic related shops.
The electronic shops in BIA mainly targets the Sri Lankan migrant workers
AASL said the relocation of the electronic shops was important to uplift the image of the airport.
“With the objective of enhancing the passenger experience at the Arrival Duty-Free area at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), all duty-free electronic shops were relocated to the 2nd floor of the arrival terminal building,” a statement from Airport & Aviation Services Sri Lanka said.
The construction included two escalators and two glass elevators, a new structural steel staircase, the extension of three existing elevators, and the construction of four washroom blocks, etc.
Many passengers have complained that duty-free sellers in BIA often force travelers to buy the products.
“This relocation was part of the broader expansion plan of BIA and it was started in 2019 and it was necessary to bring order to the duty-free place and uplift the ambience of the area,” a director of AASL told Economy Next. (Colombo/Jan03/2023)
Update II – Headline changed from Crisis-hit Sri Lanka spends Rs.225 mln to beautify airport, to Sri Lanka spends Rs.225 mln to beautify airport amid crisis.