The academy will be a professional skills training facility, accredited by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), City and Guilds and Edexcel International.
“The IAA will cater to the increasing demand for airline industry specific training and mid-career training by local and international airlines,” SriLankan Airlines said in a statement on Wednesday.
The IAA is also in talks with Sri Lankan Universities to obtain accreditation for its programmes at the Post-graduate Diploma level.
"It will supplement Sri Lanka 's technical and vocational education system, opening up new opportunities to the youngsters and give them a grounding in international service standards," Sunil Dissanayake, Head of Human Resource at SriLankan, said.
“A number of international organisations are already talking to us to send their staff for training and to recruit candidates who obtain IAA qualifications. This is a major boost for the industry and for the country.”
Over 100 representatives of the Sri Lanka Association for Inbound Tour Operators and the Travel Agents Association of Sri Lanka have gone through training with IAA already.
Based in Katunayake, the IAA will train students in skills such as Airline Ticketing and Sales, Cabin Crew Training, Air Cargo Skills and Procedures, Flight Dispatch Programmes and Airline Management, among others.
Course range from three days to 16 weeks and cater to both existing airline staff as well as young adults wanting an entry into the airline industry.
All programmes also have an on the job component. The faculty also retains over 20 visiting facilitators both from Sri Lanka and abroad.
The IAA will also launch an e-learning wing towards the end of the year.