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Airport Code: CMB
Elevation: 30 ft (9 m)
Runways: 1
Latitude: 7.180756
Longitude: 79.884117
Timezone: UTC+5:30
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Colombo Airport Oct 2011
Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport
Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport consists of a main terminal building directly connected to one concourse which houses all the gates. In effect, once through security, you are in a small rather decepid shopping mall, and then there is one long arm with all the gates, 6-14. Up this arm there are two of the lounges. In the main body of the terminal is the Sri-Lankan lounge, and the Palm Spirit lounge. This area has the Duty Free offerings, a Tea Shop, a small Cafeterias, a smoking lounge, Day-Rooms & Showers.
Colombo Airport Oct 2011
Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport

Beware the Colombo airport can be surprisingly busy, and although there are some seating areas situated alongside its length, they are quite inadequate at times of congestion.

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Sri Lanka Colombo Airport Terminal Map
Colombo Airport Terminal Map

Expansion plans

The airport you see now was built under the "Stage 1, Phase II" Expansion Project, which includes the pier with eight aero-bridges, which opened in November 2005.

A new terminal with an additional eight gates are proposed to be built under Stage II of the Phase II Expansion Project. Construction of the new Stage II, Phase II Expansion Project is expected to commence in 2012 and is expected to be completed in 2015

a new pier with eight boarding gates and 14 passenger boarding bridges with a dedicated gate comprising two passenger boarding bridges for the operations of the A380 Airbus will be included in the proposed new development.

Colombo Airport Bars

Colombo Airport Hangar Bar

Open: 24hoursLocation: Left by Duty Free The Hangar Bar is a Colombo Airport institution, by nature of the way it is the only place to get a beer at the airport, and it is open 24 hours a day.

The main staple in here is Lion Beer: the local Sri Lankan beer, however there are also other international beers: Heiniken, and VB.

Colombo Airport Hangar Bar Oct 2011
Colombo Airport Hangar Bar

Alas, the bar faces the car park, and has rather dreary surroundings: it also doubles up as the airport canteen, so it isn't, in fact, very exciting at all.

Colombo Airport transportation

Colombo Airport train

The Colombo Airport Express Rail is a 'high speed' rail line linking the airport to the capital of Sri Lanka.

The line operates as a shuttle from Colombo Secretariat to Bandaranaike International Airport using 'realatively' modern Japanese built rolling stock. It is however by far the most modern rail line in Sri Lanka.

The problem is getting to the station: it is a fair way from the airport terminal. If you ask any taxi driver they will deny that the station, or indeed any public transport, exists.

To get to the station from the airport, take a three wheel Tuk-Tuk. Insist that they take you to the station, and not into the town.

At the other end of the line, the aiport train terminates at the Secretariat wayside halt: convenient for the parliament building, but a good 20 minutes from the main central rail station.

Colombo Airport Oct 2011
Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport

Colombo Airport bus services

Taking a bus from Colombo Airport into the town makes a lot of sense, until you try and do it. Business run from 4.30am until 11pm, and the cost is a mere 90Rp.

Alas, Domestic buses are not permitted up to the airport: instead, they pick up in a little layby on the main coast road a good half a mile away. To get to the buess, wait outside the main airport terminal for a 3 wheel TukTuk: these will drop you off at the bus layby.

Colombo Airport shuttle

Travellers should know that many bus, limousine and shuttle bus services operating to and from Colombo Airport usually require pre-booking.

The Colombo-Katunayake Expressway is a new high-speed road linking the airport to Colombo, with a travel time of around 13 minutes. It will be open in 2014.

Car Hire at Colombo Airport

Major car hire operators are located in the Arrivals Halls. To save time and ensure you get the car you want, book your rental in advance. Rental car operators from Colombo Airport include: Europcar, Thrifty, Avis and Budget.

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