Mar 31, 2018

AASL to outsource Katunayake airport fixed assets

Airport and Aviation Services ( Sri Lanka ) Ltd (AASL) is now outsourcing some of the fixed assets at the Bandaranaike international Airport (BIA).

The Airport service will offer some of its fixed assets to the private sector while retaining responsibly for policy, regulation and overall supervision with the government.

Responding to trade union allegations of an attempt to hand over fixed assets one by one at the Air Port to the private sector under the guise of management restructuring,an official noted that for the AASL to be commercially viable, it has to outsource the loss making institutions and unproductive fixed assets to the private sector in accordance with the government policy.

The Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC) on behalf of AASL has called for bids recently to outsource three car parks belonging to the airport due to losses incurred by the state owned entity owing to malpractices, and  the term of the contract will be three years.

The terminal car park has the capacity to accommodate 400 vehicles (only cars and vans). The remote parking area, located 300m away from the terminal, is larger. It accommodates motor cycles, buses, Lorries and three-wheelers.

SCAPC has also invited proposals recently  from prospective investors to establish and operate an Airport Hotel (minimum 2-star category) in Katunayake.

The 3 acre block of land will be leased out to the successful investor for a 40- year lease period renewable for a further period depending on the performance of the project and subject to new terms and conditions.

The Hotel will cater to the requirements of Airline crew members, Airline passengers, off loaded passengers, transit passengers, other airport users and any type of customers.

Previously, the fuel filling station belonging to the BIA at the 18th mile post Katunayake was handed over to Abans (PVT) Ltd and it is now being managed by the employees of the company, he said.