Inside of BIA Goes Live on Google Indoor Maps!

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Apr 9 2021
FT Inside of BIA Goes Live on Google Indoor Maps!

Google Indoor Maps was launched at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) yesterday (8), becoming the first indoor facility to enable this feature in Sri Lanka. 

SriLankan Airlines and Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Limited teamed up in a remarkable joint project that resulted in BIA becoming the first venue in Sri Lanka to be enabled on Google Indoor Maps, accessible on smartphones and tabs on both Apple and Android devices. Google Indoor Maps puts yet another resource in the hands of passengers and visitors for finding out many possibilities available to them before they start their journey or arrive at the airport.

Passengers and visitors to BIA can access detailed digital floor plans of the Departure, Transit and Arrival Terminals with just a few easy swipes on smartphones or tabs. Google Indoor Maps can be accessed via the desktop version of Google Maps, as well as from the Google Maps Mobile App for Android and Apple iOS devices. SriLankan Airlines, as the authorised ground handler of BIA, and AASL as the airport operator took on this project in the firm belief that this would be a fresh experience for passengers. 

“Using indoor maps, users will find it easy to locate building directories within the airport enabling indoor wayfinding to greatly improve passenger experience. This feature helps passengers get to the appropriate gate, terminal, baggage claim, or ticketing counter on time by providing landmark-based navigation,”, stated Pathirage.

SriLankan Airlines CEO Vipula Gunatilleka said, “For both experienced and novice travellers it is very important to have airport navigation at the palm of their hand. The possibilities with Google Indoor Maps extend beyond indoor wayfinding. By implementing and interfacing to an indoor positioning technology, you can engage with travellers whilst they are at the airport.”

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Apr 9 2021

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