Sri Lanka to give more access to foreign airlines

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka plans to give more access to foreign airlines flying into the country as it experiences a surge in tourist arrivals, Shibly Aziz, chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority said.

“Enhanced liberalised access to foreign carriers is on the cards,” he told a meeting of the Asia-Pacific aircraft accident investigation group of the International Civil Aviation Organization

The forum hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority brought 45 delegates from 20 states in the Asia-Pacific region to Colombo.

Aziz said Sri Lanka’s aviation and travel industry was recovering after the end the war with a surge in arrivals seen.

“In future we’re trying to lift as many restrictions as possible on airlines coming to Colombo,” he told

“For instance, if they ask for more flights to Colombo, we will consider it favourably, subject to other considerations like predatory pricing.”


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