BIA will obtain the first airport hotel
BOI Chairman Sanjaya Mohottala (left) and Colombo International Airport Hotels Pvt. Ltd Chairman Ruwan Perera after signing the investment agreement
- CIAH will invest 18 million dollars to build a 4-star hotel with 100 rooms on the premises of Airport and Aviation Services
- The first phase of the project will be ready by early 2022
Colombo International Airport Hotels Pvt. Ltd (CIAH) has signed an agreement with the Board of Investment (BOI) to construct Sri Lanka’s first ever airport hotel at the premises of Airport and Aviation Services Sri Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. in Katunayake.
CIAH will invest US$18.2 million in this project and the first phase of this hotel development is expected to be ready by 2022. The investment agreement was signed by BOI Chairman Sanjaya Mohottala and Colombo International Airport Hotels Pvt. Ltd President Ruwan Perera. The airport-based hotel is expected to add mega value to the growing capacity of Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and will offer 4-star facilities with over 100 rooms including superior, deluxe and suite rooms .
Facilities also include a spacious main swimming pool, gym, spa, MICE centre, crew lounge and a number of restaurants, which are further complemented by a superb rooftop leisure lounge, the all in a lush tropical ambiance. Internationally renowned architectural designs and state-of-the-art technologies will be introduced into this project by the Japanese partner companies.
“A star class hotel within the airport premises has been a key requirement for Sri Lanka, and we are truly grateful that a project of this nature is taking shape. As international passenger traffic is expected to grow exponentially and Sri Lanka aims to become one of Asia’s major transit ports, the country needs to rapidly ramp up its hotel capacity, so this project is an extremely welcome infrastructure development initiative that we all look forward to, and I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all who are working towards its realization,” said BOI Chairman Sanjaya Mohottala.
CIAH President Ruwan Perera said, “We are pleased with the timing of this project. This will not only add significant value to the BIA, but also provide a one-stop option for international visitors frequenting the Katunayake Export Processing Area, as well as flight crews, transit travelers and business travelers. “We are delighted to partner with Airport & Aviation Services Sri Lanka Limited in this venture on their home turf, fulfilling the government’s vision. We are also overwhelmed by the confidence placed in this project by the Japanese partners and also by the opportunities created for local companies to prove their talents through the collaboration,” he added.