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Jan 13, 2008 (LBO) – A second catering firm has set up shop in Sri Lanka’s international airport in Katunayake, breaking a 30 year monopoly held by national carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines, officials said. The Thai food firm, Siam House, which supplies food to the state owned budget airline Mihin Lanka, opened its restaurant in the BIA premises on Monday.

Siam House says it is the third restaurant inside the BIA apart from SriLankan’s two restaurants that have being catering to passengers, visitors and the staff at the airport.

The public restaurant with a 50 million rupee investment has a commercial kitchen and a bakery that can turn out around 5,000 meals per day, says Lionel Fernando, managing director of Siam House Restaurants.

Catering food has more opportunities inside the airport, which has a staff of about 6,000 while thousands of passengers and visitors also move in and out everyday, Fernando said.

“This is a huge market, the monopoly right should not go further and competitors should enter the market.”

Some budget airlines coming in to the country bring down their own in-flight food since the food at BIA is expensive as a result of the monopoly.

Fernando says Siam H