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Sub-continental air traffic could get a boost if a bold proposal to let private airlines fly international routes gets off the ground.
The economic cooperation deal between India and Sri Lanka is seeking to open up routes to private airlines to fly to big cities and tourist destinations.rn

rnSmall locally owned airlines are clamoring to get international routes on the back of government plans to have more than one international carrier from the country.rn

rnThe aviation regulator and a steering committee on infrastructure development are counting on private sector investment to drive growth in the aviation sector.rn

rnThe policy development steering committee on aviation is also planning to privatise the countries main airport to make sure it can handle increasing traffic volumes.rn

rnThe Civil Aviation Authority says they are processing requests from private airlines for charted and scheduled flights to international destinations. rn

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