Paperless and touch-less service for Border Control at BIA soon
“The BIA is now going through a comprehensive digitalizing and automation processes which includes services such as self-identification authentication and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and these processes will definitely help to increase the passenger handling efficiencies at the airport” State Minister of Aviation and Export Zones Development D. V. Chanaka said.
The program is implemented under the guidance and support of Namal Rajapaksa, Minister of Youth & Sports, State Minister of Digital Technology and Enterprise Development. Under this initiative, the use of automation and reduction of manual handling will be increased in a manner such that a more user-friendly experience can be delivered to the passengers.
The establishment of a Digital Channel for departing passengers in Terminal-1 is carried out as a pilot project, which is keeping in line with the technological advancements planned for Terminal-2 would enable the gathering of passenger experience levels and usage statistics during the post-implementation period.
Addressing the present changes in passenger travel and its dynamism, Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Limited (AASL) is also in the process of establishing COVID-19 Online Health Declaration System at Airports as well.
Under the new apron area development project, the apron area of BIA will be expanded to facilitate another new 23 apron parking stands for aircraft parking and increase the total capacity of aircraft parking up to 49. The current capacity of aircraft parking is 26.
The new apron will be equipped with apron floodlights, flexible pavement connecting taxiways, taxiway lights, and aerodrome ground. In addition the final Polymer Modified Bitumen (PMB) Asphalt Surface Course is taking place and it will be completed by November 2021.