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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe (2nd R) arrives to visit the site of a bomb attack at St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade in Colombo on April 21, 2019. - A string of blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on April 21, killing at least 156 people, including 35 foreigners. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Civil Aviation Authority may draw up new rules to better regulate airlines that fly in to Sri Lanka or set up shop here, for a better handle on passenger protection. The Civil Aviation Authority may draw up new rules to better regulate airlines that fly in to Sri Lanka or set up shop here, for a better handle on passenger protection.

Options being considered are requiring new airlines to come in through a General Sales Agent (GSA) registered here, or incorporate a company in Sri Lanka.

Setting up a branch office here may also need to be accompanied by reciprocal rights for national carrier SriLankan Airlines. Translated, if an airline wants to set up a branch office here, it can do that only if SriLankan Airlines can set up a branch office in that country.

We are in the process of drawing up something like that and we are evaluating the position of Sri Lanka and the practice of other countries. It is not yet decided how to do this,” Director General of the CAA, H. Nimalsiri told LBO on Monday.

“When an airline comes here, they have to offer commercial services so that there is some accountability to the government and there are dependable services for