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Sri Lanka takes off landing fees, slashes taxes at two airports to woo South Asian airlines

ECONOMNEXT – Sri Lanka is taking off landing and parking charges, slashing embarkation taxes and ground handling fees at two secondary airports to draw South Asian carriers, Minister Bandula Gunawardana said.

The cabinet of ministers had cleared a proposal by the Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister to boost operations at the Mattala and Ratmalana airports.

At Mattala International Airport in the South of the island, landing and parking fees will be removed for a year.

A 60 dollar embarkation tax on passengers will be lifted for two years.

Discounts will also be given for ground handling.

At Ratmalana Airport (RML) inside Colombo city, landing and parking fees will be removed for a year.

The embarkation tax for passengers will be slashed 50 percent for a year.

Fuel will be made available at concessionary rates.

India’s Alliance Air is already flying to Jaffna airport in the north of the island using Bombardier ATR 72 aircraft.

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