Today the 01st June marks the 75 years of Sri Lanka becoming a signatory to the International Civil Aviation Convention” commonly known as the “Chicago Convention”.
The 02nd World War was a powerful catalyst through for the technical -development of airplanes, a vast passenger and freight carriage was set up during this period for air transportation in the global network.
In the year 1944, United States realizing the necessity for Civil Aviation networking has invited 55 nations to attend the Chicago convention, 52 nations has signed the Convention on 07th December 1944.
Subsequent to the Convention to ICAO, a specialized agency of the United Nations was establish in 1947 with a mandate to help to achieve the highest possible degree of the uniformity in Civil Aviation regulations, standards and procedures, organization.
At the occasion 75 years of becoming a signatory to Chicago convention, the Director General of Civil Aviation P. A. Jayakantha says the it was just a week ago the ICAO reaffirmed Sri Lanka flying high with its Aviation Security Systems and Oversight capability in conformity with Annex 17 (Aviation Security SARPS)) and that of this relevant security standerds Annex 09 – Facilitation.
On completion of the Universal Security Audit Programme (Continuous Monitoring Approach) in Sri Lanka he also predicted excellence in tis performances at the upcoming universal safety audit programme
Looking back for the 75 years pass by, the DGCA remembering all aviators and those connected with aviation regulatory and industry, the support and the services they have extended has made what the civil Aviation today and the anticipated growth in the near future
He concluded, the Safety and Security is first and priority the most for air transport operations in Sri Lanka.
SriLankan Catering Ltd was certified and license was issued recently by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) to provide aviation catering service for all aircraft operations operating to Sri Lanka after fullfilling the all required regulatory requirements.
The Catering Service Providers License was handed over by Mr. G.S.Vithanage, Chairman of Civil Aviation & the Competency Certificate was handed over by Mr.P.A.Jayakantha, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of Civil Aviation (DGCA & CEO) to Mr. Mangala Wijesekara, Chief Executive Officer of SriLankan Catering Limited on 04th May 2023 at the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.
The Application submitted by SriLankan Catering Limited was scrutinized by the Civil Aviation Inspectors of CAASL considering the organizational structure, capability, availability of qualified & well trained staff, required instruments/ equipment and other facilities & documents for the certification under the guidance of Mr. P. A. Jayakantha, the DGCA & CEO and the leadership of Mr. Saman Gunawerdena, Deputy Director General (Flight Safety Regulations) & Capt. Lushan Fernando, Director (Aircraft Operations) of the CAASL.
Senior officials of SriLankan Catering and CAASL were present for the award ceremony held at CAASL auditorium.
ICAO audited Sri Lanka aviation security systems under the Universal Security Audit Programme Continuous Monitoring Approach (USAP - CMA) during period 8 May thru 18th 2023. Here, the implementation of standards in the Annex 17 – Aviation Security and the security related standards in Annex 09 – Facilitation together with the State capability on oversight of aviation security under 8 critical elements were subjected to careful and impartial evaluated by four member aviation security audit team, nominated in the hands of Secretary General to the ICAO.
11 full days of scrutiny on the aviation security systems had revealed that Sri Lanka is flying high in its performance.
At the concluding event, the post audit debriefing by the ICAO audit team leader – Mr. Aurelien Lavayssiere presenting its interim report declared that Sri Lanka has achieved 92% of the score.
The DGCA and the Appropriate Authority for aviation security Mr. P A Jayakantha in his appointment as the National Coordinator for USAP audit Sri Lanka, speaking at this event noted that all that was made possible due to the commitment and dedication of the Aviation Security inspectorate together with the industry counterparts.
The Honorable Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation, Nimal Siripala de Silva (MP) was present throughout the post audit debriefing stated that the Sri Lanka is proud of this achievement and shortcoming, if any, will be corrected sooner than later, giving an immediate moral support to those involved in the auditing process.
Mr. G S Withanage, the Chairman, Mr. Damitha Narangoda the Vice – Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority and the Chairman Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Ltd., the licensed Aviation Security Service Provider too were present throughout the event.
The minister also noted that the ongoing developments and initiatives of the civil aviation projects and tourism will also be beneficiaries of this Sky High achievement, expanding the horizon of the aviation map and commercial aircraft transport operations too be escalated towards greater heights.
Immediately after the audit results were announced, ICAO audit team together with Aviation security inspectorate of Sri Lanka posted for this photograph with the Honorable Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva (MP) and the National Coordinator, Director General of Civil Aviation & Chief Executive Officer Mr. P A Jayakantha.
We are delighted to announce that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is set to boost its partnership with Sri Lanka's Civil Aviation Authority to drive key aviation initiatives forward. This exciting development follows a recent courtesy call on Mr. P. A. Jayakantha, Director General of Civil Aviation & Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka, by Mr. Azhar Azahari, Area Manager (South Asia) for IATA.
During the meeting, the IATA team outlined their upcoming plans for promoting aviation safety, industry affairs, sustainability, and digitalisation in Sri Lanka. The DGCA warmly welcomed these planned activities and even suggested that IATA provide training opportunities to the Sri Lanka aviation industry. The IATA Representatives expressed great interest in the suggestion and have agreed to explore it further.
Mr. Rayhan Wanniappa, Acting Deputy Director General (Corporate Management), Mr. Ishara Gunawardana, Manager (Air Services & Traffic Rights) of CAASL, and Mr. Buddika Hewawasam, Country Manager-Sri Lanka of IATA were also present at the meeting, emphasising the importance of collaboration and cooperation in driving forward Sri Lanka's aviation industry.
We look forward to working closely with IATA to deliver on these exciting plans and to further strengthen Sri Lanka's aviation sector. Stay tuned for further updates!