Still Grounded

Oct 30, 2006 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s first budget airlines to fly international routes are struggling to get off ground, with approvals pending from Sri Lanka’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Meanwhile, the country’s Civil Aviation Authority denied knowledge of a government sponsored budget carrier, which according to weekend media reports, hopes to start up operations.

We have not received any official information on this and there has been no application for another budget carrier,” Nimalsiri said.

According to news reports, the new carrier hoped to fly to South Asia and the Middle East, largely catering to migrant traffic and has already set up an office locally.

The island’s airline regulator, the CAA says the process has been stalled due to delays by potential new operators in supplying all the necessary technical information.

They (potential new operators) have not yet completed all the requirements and so we are still in the process of certifying them. The process has been stuck in terms of the lack of response from interested parties,” H M C Nimalsiri, Director General of the CAA, told LBO on Monday.

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