Board of Airline Representants (BARs), Sri Lanka Airline Representatives Association (SLAAR) and Sri Lankan Airline Country Managers welcomed the government moving for six months to decrease land handling, aviation fuel, and boarding levies.
Johanne Jayaratne, president of the Tourism Development Authority in Sri Lanka (SLTDA), said that the airline industry was long overlooked and would reduce fees on passengers flying to Sri Lanka by at least 20 to 25 percent. He said arrivals are on their way and at the end of May the one million marks were seen, which he expected will reach 2.3 million by the end of 2019. Chandana De Silvas, from Emirates, Manager Sri Lanka, and the Maldives said almost 41 flights were canceled and are now working again after the Easter bombing. “There were no penalty charges charged by all airlines during the period to modify or terminate passengers,” he said.
He said, however, that direct Russian flights still have to begin. De Silva said an aircraft veteran said they see no more cancelations for Sri Lankan airlines, and this is a sign of recovery from tourism.
Dimuthu Tennkoon, the president of BAR, said that the move to give concessions to Colombo-flying airlines will certainly hammer out the need to add frequencies for Colombo to other companies. The SLAAR President, Jerald Victoria said this move will also help to revisit operational flights to Colombo by fresh airlines, mainly located in the region. The Chinese Eastern Airlines, the Director of Dart Aviation’s, G.S.A. and General Manager Eustace Silva said that they would resume activities from Colombo into Shanghai in October and that they would add frequency to Kunming shortly. “British Airways could also look back from Heathrow to Colombo by year. “We will return to our initial timetable by September,” he added.