Sunday, 9th May 2021

Push for Tourism: Government planning to reduce fees, charges at international airport

Colombo, July 9 (BAN/ AD): As tourism has taken severe hit post Easter Sunday bombings government is planning to reduce price of aviation fuel, ground handling and embarkation fees at Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport for six months. Government hopes to push tourism sector with this offering.

In Lankan GDP tourism sector has share of about 4.5%, but in past few months tourism sector is hit badly by the Easter Sunday attack on April 21 which targeted the hotels and churches in the country.

The government has noted that continuing flights to Sri Lanka to revive the tourism industry, as well as taking promotional measures to encourage more tourist arrivals for airlines to continue their operations, is vital. Accordingly, the government has instructed Sri Lanka’s national carrier SriLankan Airlines to reduce fees on services provided to airlines such as refueling, providing lubricants, ground operations, etc. in order to entice airlines, which cut flights, after Easter Sunday suicide bombings to increase flights.

Government has advised Ceylon Petroleum Corporation to decrease the price of aviation fuel to match the prices at the Chennai Airport and also it is planning to scrap proposed increase in the Embarkation Levy by $ 10. PM has proposed these measures and the Cabinet of Ministers have approved the proposal.

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