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Ratmalana Airport to promote leisure flying, wedding photography

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The Ratmalana Airport would be promoted as a Leisure Flying Center under the Government's program to develop the Airport as a domestic aviation hub, Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said.

Accordingly, Ratmalana Airport will be promoted for leisure flying, wedding photography, drama and cinematography.

The Minister said that new local air routes to tourist attractions and new runways suitable for aircraft would be identified. It is also expected to ease the barriers to flying to such identified locations. 

“Besides, we expect to launch promotions for international commercial and corporate flights as well as private jet operations at Ratmalana Airport,” he said.

The Ratmalana Airport, which was closed due to Covid 19, was reopened to the public on January 1, according to health guidelines. 

A total of 16,511 flights were operated from Ratmalana Airport out of which 432 were domestic flights as of March 31 from January 1.

A total of 10,332 flights have been conducted for pilot training and 6,006 flights have been conducted by the Sri Lanka Air Force.

Minister Ranatunga said that the domestic flights that were stopped at the Ratmalana Airport were expected to resume following the Corona vaccination. 

He said special relief would be offered for companies looking to operate flights from Ratmalana Airport. 

“Parking charges for flights have been temporarily suspended for one year. Besides, the airport service tax levied on passengers has also been suspended for one year,” he said.(DSB)

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  • Siribiris Sunday, 11 April 2021 01:58 PM

    Change the name to Rajaksa Domestic airport .

    karu Sunday, 11 April 2021 02:22 PM

    Why not a honeymoon location

    Siri Sunday, 11 April 2021 05:11 PM

    Though at least 25 years late, SL should create at least 6 domestic airports from 4 corners and 2 in the central/north central for tourism and locals at COMPETITIVE rates. (Not like Rs.19,400 (hiked from 4500) from Colombo to Kandy!) The vast turnover at lower fares will be far sustainable even in the short term.


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