Landing Trap

In a bid to entice private airlines to fly to Sri Lanka, the Civil Aviation Authority plans to cut landing charges during off-peak hours.
This will even out operations at the Bandaranaike airport, which is under-utilised at certain times and heavily congested at others.rn

rnMost of its business is during the day, with slack hours between six and ten in the morning and evening.rn

rnldblquote Looking at the pattern of airport use there are certain hours when the airport facilities are not used or are under-utilised
dblquote , says Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority, H M Nimalsiri.rn

rnldblquote To serve as an incentive, we are looking at reducing landing and parking charges to attract airlines to use the airport at off-peak hours and even out operations,
dblquote he told Lanka Business Online.rn

rnThe biggest to benefit will be Indian private airlines that land most flights at these times, with the CAA still thrashing out the new landing rates.rn

rnIndia is one of Sri Lankas bigg