The Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval to obtain an aircraft for goods transportation on lease to Sri Lankan Aviation Company Limited.
The Cabinet approval has been granted to a resolution forwarded by the Minister of Tourism in this regard.
The fleet of SriLankan Aviation Company Limited consists of a large number of economical narrow body aircrafts.
As a result of that, more attention has been paid on the passenger air routes network in recent years. This has led to underutilization of aero goods transportation potential due to lack of suitable air crafts that cater the goods transportation facility.
With the outbreak of COVID — 19 pandemic most of the aircraft companies have paid attention to aero goods transportation since passenger transportation became limited.
SriLankan Airlines currently operates freight operations to 26 destinations.
Considering the current market changes, it has become a fine opportunity for the main aeronautical companies to enter into the goods transportation market via main air routes seeking the goods transportation market share.
Therefore, paying attention to the potential for air goods transportation, it has been planned to change the available Sri Lankan company structure strategically.