Sri Lanka is taking off landing and parking charges, removing embarkation taxes and ground handling fees at two secondary airports to draw South Asian carriers, Minister Bandula Gunawardana said.
The cabinet of ministers had cleared a proposal by the Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister to boost operations at the Mattala and Ratmalana airports.
At Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in the South of the island, authorities announced plans to suspend the US$60 departure tax for two years and allow airlines free landing and parking for one year. Discounts will also be given for ground handling, while migrant workers flying out of the airport - 250km from Colombo - will be offered concessionary fares.
At Ratmalana Airport (RML) inside Colombo city, landing and parking fees will be removed for a year and departure tax for passengers will be slashed by 50 percent for a year. Fuel will also be made available at subsidised rates.