Friday, 17 January 2020 19:35

Domestic passenger flight ban from Colombo lifted after 25 years.

The Defence Ministry has lifted the ban on helicopter landing in Colombo after 25 years.

Helicopters could now land at the Defence Ministry grounds in Galle Face. Four domestic airline companies have been granted permission for this purpose following the lifting of the ban.

Over the past 25 years, the domestic flights were not allowed to enter into the Colombo city airspace and were forced to travel across Rathmalana and Battaramulla.

The government states that this new decision will lead to a boost in the tourism industry around Colombo.

Sri Lanka government is in talks with multiple airlines to fly to Jaffna after the Jaffna International Airport (JIA) was launched as an international airport.

Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited sources said with the completion of Stage 01 of the renovation of JIA, they can now accommodate aircrafts with up to an 80-seat capacity, and discussions have been initiated with airlines operating within that capacity.

The inauguration of operations was initiated by Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India, as it began its scheduled flight operations on 11th of November with a flight arriving from Chennai.

Initially, Alliance Air will operate flights three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. This will later increase to daily flights in between Chennai and Jaffna.

local operator FitsAir will become the first privately owned local airline licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka to operate internationally.

FitsAir will operate scheduled and charter flights from JIA to Chennai and Tiruchirappalli International Airports in South India.

the Airport and Aviation Services of Sri Lanka (AASL) is currently negotiating with other targeted airlines to commence operations.


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