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Emirates opens dedicated lounge at BIA


Picture shows Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President Mohammed Mattar (extreme left) and Chairman of Airport & Aviation Services Prasanna Wickramasuriya cut a cake at the opening of the Emirates Lounge at the Bandaranaike International Airport as (from left) President Emirates airline Tim Clark, Minister of Civil Aviation Priyankara Jayaratne, Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa and the UAE Ambassador to Sri Lanka H.E. Mahmood Mohammed Al-Mahmood look on.

Emirates last week formally opened its new lounge at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Katunayake.
Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline and Mohammed Mattar, Divisional Senior Vice President Airport Services joined Mahmood Mohammed Al-Mahmood, the UAE Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa, Civil Aviation Minister Priyankara Jayaratna and senior aviation sector officials opened� the facility, the first to be set up at the BIA by an international airline, the Dubai-based airline said.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Clark said the investment by Emirates of Rs 200 million in this premium lounge is a further value addition to the airline’s offering in Colombo, as well as to the facilities at the BIA. “Emirates is happy to make this investment, which also reflects our optimism about the prospects for growth in post-conflict Sri Lanka,” he said. “I understand that more international hotel chains are building in Sri Lanka and that the tourism infrastructure is being upgraded.� Sri Lanka will therefore progressively attract tourists from the more affluent segments. MICE traffic is also increasing, and the country is attracting the attention of investors from many parts of the world.”

The lounge features 58 leather armchairs, a dining area for 54 people, a Business Centre with seating for six, an outdoor terrace overlooking airside with seating, a well-stocked bar, a TV viewing area with the choice of most of the international channels, a dedicated prayer room, shower facilities and washrooms for males, females and those with special needs. It offers buffet dining for all meals and Wi-Fi facilities.

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