July 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka plans to reduce price of aviation fuel, ground handling and embarkation fees at Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport for six months, in order to revitalize the tourism sector after the Easter Sunday bombings.
The tourism sector has contributed more than 4.5% to Sri Lanka's GDP in recent years but the tourism industry has been severely hit 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.
In addition, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation has been advised to reduce the price of aviation fuel to match the prices at the Chennai Airport while it has been proposed to suspend the implementation of the Budget proposal to increase the Embarkation Levy by $ 10.
The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the implementation of the measures proposed by the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, Northern Province Development and Youth Affairs for six months.