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Sri Lanka wants boost daily flights by 60-pct, reduce costs

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka leisure sector wants to boost daily flights to the country to 130 a day from the current 80 and cut costs, the tourism ministry said following a strategy meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Following a meeting with 38 tourism sector firms and key government officials, an open skies policy more direct flights to key market and competitive landing and parking fees to incentivise low-cost airlines, was advocated.

There was an intention to boost daily flights to 130 a day from the current 80, the statement said, though the period was not decided.

Travellers say Sri Lanka also has some of the highest embarkation taxes and airport fees in the world.

In a Colombo-Kuala Lumpur ticket now on sale in on AirAsia, the base fare is 7900 rupees and local taxes and fees are shown as 7000 rupees.

From Kuala Lumpur the KLIA2 fee is 130 rupees, passenger service charge is 1,674 and GST is 100.44 rupees, totalling 1904.44 cents. (Colombo/Mar16/2017)


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