Sri Lankan aviation authorities have taken measures to reduce fuel, embarkation and ground handling costs for a period of six months from August 1.
Chairman of SLTDA, Johanne Jayaratne stated that the reduction of these costs will have a cascading effect on the Sri Lanka tourism sector, which is making a slow recovery. At present, the fuel, embarkation and ground handling costs in Sri Lanka are the highest in the region.
“The frequency of flights are controlled by these taxes so hopefully it will have an impact on the number of flights arriving into the country once these are reduced,” says Jayaratne.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued a media release stating the measures they have taken to reduce costs in order to facilitate cheaper airfares to tourists.
As a part of these measures, the CAA has requested the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) to sell aviation fuel at cost and SriLankan Airlines have also been asked to reduce its ground handling charges.
The Treasury has also been instructed to delay the implementation of the budget proposal to increase the embarkation levy by US$10, the statement read.
Chairman of SLTPB, Kishu Gomes said there has been a 70 per cent month on month recovery since May. Sri Lanka Tourism forecasts July’s arrival numbers at 117,000 and is expecting a total of 1.9 – 2 million arrivals in 2019.