ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Aviation Ministry this week called expression of interest from both local and international interested parties to establish a flying training institute at Eastern Batticaloa Airport.
The institute is expected to train pilot and other aviation related professionals with an aim of promoting aviation activities in Sri Lanka, the ministry said in a document.
Out of the the total land extent of 145.2 hectare of Batticaloa airport, 5 hectares is considered to be
leased for the establishment of a flying training institute.
“The absence of heavy traffic at Batticaloa Airport provides the trainees the opportunity for unhampered
training, this is further amplified by having unrestricted airspace as no restricted or prohibited airspaces
exist in the vicinity,” the government said in the EOI document.
It said the EOI will be evaluated based on minimum of 5 years’ experience in the aviation industry, working capital declared, preliminary design of the infrastructure and equipment, company profile with details of the key personnel, and duration of operation among many others.
The construction of the institute should be completed and operations of the flying training Institute should commence within 2 years of signing the lease agreement and the lease period will be 30 years.
Batticaloa International Airport is strategically located 2.4 km Southeast to the city of Batticaloa awakening the eastern coast of Sri Lanka.
Batticaloa International Airport is surrounded by spectacular lagoons, golden beaches and many other historical attractions.
Sri Lankan in October 2019 made it the a regional airport and renamed Batticaloa International Airport. (Colombo/Oct01/2022)