Minister of Ports Shipping and Aviation, Nimal Siripala de Silva, has demanded more urgency to install e-gates at one of Sri Lanka’s biggest airports, Bandaranaike International Airport. After delays holding the airport’s refurbishment back from making any real progress, he issued direct instructions to airport officials during a special meeting at the Ministry auditorium.

The project, which began in 2017, was stalled on numerous occasions due to difficulties with obtaining the right approvals and expenditure. However, he effectively stated that the installation was overdue and needed to be delivered at pace.

The airport will install two new e-gates at the Arrivals Terminal and two more at the Departures Terminal, as part of Phase I of the project to improve efficiency to safe, convenient travel for passengers.