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With the government delaying picking a second carrier to fly international routes, possible contenders are eyeing alternate options to fly from Sri Lanka. With the government delaying picking a second carrier to fly international routes, possible contenders are eyeing alternate options to fly from Sri Lanka.

In April last year, SriLankan Airline’s monopoly on international routes ended, leaving the door open for the government to nominate a second carrier.

It has been easier said than done, with national carrier SriLankan having a tight hold on international routes, filling up most frequencies on lucrative runs to India and Europe.

Budget carrier Holiday Air has been eyeing the slot, and is one of five interested parties alongside domestic operators Lion Air, Expo Aviation and Serendib.

The Civil Aviation Authority has decided to call for Expressions of Interest (EOI), but that means it also has to decide and fast how routes will be allocated.

“The allocation of routes has not happened as yet but we expect that it will be soon. Maybe within the next six to eight months,” Chief Executive Officer of Holiday Air, Arjun Ruzaik said on Thu