Border controls in three Sri Lanka domestic airports for regional flights

ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka will be setting up border control operations and certifying aerodromes in three domestic airports to serve regional air traffic, the office of the cabinet of ministers said.

The Batticaloa Airport in the East, the Palali Airport in the North and the Ratmalana Airport in Colombo are being developed with better civil aviation facilities, a statement said.
 
The cabinet had approved a proposal to establish border control operations in these airports for them to serve regional air traffic.
 
Sri Lanka’s border controls are enforced by the Immigration and Emigration Department and the Customs Department.
 
The Civil Aviation Authority will also be directed to perform certification of aerodromes to ensure they conform to standards applicable to foreign destinations, the statement said.
 
The three airports, which are open to domestic air traffic, are operated by Sri Lanka’s Airforce. 
 
Ratmalana, which was Sri Lanka’s oldest international airport until the Katunayake Airport was built, is also open to international traffic in the form of corporate business jets.
 
The government has plans to develop Palali to become Sri Lanka’s third international airport. 
 
The government is developing air travel to the North and the East to boost tourism to the region. 
 
Southern Sri Lanka is home to the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. (Colombo/Aug01/2019)