Nov 14, 2019 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s government has decided to increase overflying charges after 38 years, taking into account the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) policies for the determination of air navigation charges.
In exchange for providing navigation aids to aircraft overflying their territories and landing at their airports, countries impose overflying navigation fees.
Charges are mainly for the recovery of costs for the provision of air navigation facility and services and in Sri Lanka, the regulation is finalized under the present Civil Aviation Act no 14 of 2010 and its section 117 (2) ( r).
Section 117 has vested power on the Minister of Civil Aviation to make regulations by taking into consideration the interest of the national economy.
Current charges have been decided under section 24 and section (3) (2) (pp) of the Air Navigation Act and the Gazette number 147/12 of 03 July 1981.
Ministry of Civil Aviation said the air navigation facility and its quality have been upgraded after 1981 as follows.
- Secondary Surveillance Radar Cover
- Performance-Based Air Navigation
- Automatic Dependence Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C)
- Automatic Dependence Surveillance-Broad Cast (ADS-B)
- Controller Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDC) System
- State-of-the-art ATM Integrated system
- Aero-Mobile Communication Console System
Newly calculated overflying charges will increase National Revenue as follows
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