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Sri Lanka’s aviation regulator is to pick two of nine contenders including Jetwing Travels, to fly alongside national carrier SriLankan Airlines on international routes. Sri Lanka’s aviation regulator is to pick two of nine contenders including Jetwing Travels, to fly alongside national carrier SriLankan Airlines on international routes. The country’s aviation apex body called for Expressions of Interest in mid May, after the monopoly on international routes by SriLankan Airlines ended in April 2004.

SriLankan Airlines, formerly Air Lanka, is majority owned by the Sri Lankan government, with a 43 percent stake held by Dubai’s Emirates Airlines.

The battle has begun for a second and third slice in the pie, with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) saying that it will eventually allow two new players to operate alongside SriLankan.

But SriLankan Airlines has a tight hold on international routes, filling up most frequencies on lucrative runs to India and Europe.

The applicants include current domestic operators Aero Lanka or Serendib Air; Lion Air and Expo Aviation; Kenyan based Holiday Air; India’s Deccan Air; Nawaloka Aviation (for Air Arabia); LankAir an