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Smart Wings Airline has obtained initial FAOC to operate Sri...

පෙබරවාරි 09 2024

We are happy to announce that the Hungary charter Airline...

Aircraft Accident Investigation - Advanced Course

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Aircraft Accident Investigation - Advanced Course with On-the-Job sessions held...

We are happy to announce that the Hungary charter Airline “Smartwings” has obtained Foreign Air Operator Certificate (FAOC) on 09th February 2024 from the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL). 

The airline is operating direct flights from Budapest, Hungary to Colombo using Boeing 737 aircraft.

Mr. P. A. Jayakantha, Director General of Civil Aviation & Chief Executive Officer of CAASL awarded the FAOC to Mr. Gerard Victoria who is the Chief Executive Officer of Hayleys Aviation which is the General Sales Agent of Smart Wings Airlines.

Capt. Warna Ariyadasa, Director – Aircraft Operations, Mr. Dhanushka Gunasinghe - Civil Aviation Inspector of the CAASL and Mr. Heshan Perera & Mr. Sasidharan Kumarasamy from Local Agent participated for this occasion.

 

Aircraft Accident Investigation - Advanced Course with On-the-Job sessions held from 16th Jan to 24th Jan 2024 at CAASL.

The training was offered by COSCAP-SA, and the instructor was Mr. Ismo Aaltonen, an Aviation Accident Investigation Expert.

There were 27 participants, including members from AAIB- Pakistan, AAII pool of Sri Lanka, CAASL and representatives from the industry.

 

The inauguration ceremony of Centralized and Regional Air Navigation Services in Europe workshop was held on 29th January 2024 at the auditorium of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL).

50 participants in total attended the workshop from Bangladesh, Bhuthan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

During the workshop deliberations will cover various critical aspects of the air navigation sector for supporting South Asian Regional Corporation in Air Traffic Management/ Air Navigation Services (ATM/ANS) implementation by providing insights into European centralized and common ATM/ANS services and infrastructure.

Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Ports, Shipping & Aviation was the chief guest at the occasion. Mr. G S Withanage, Chairman of CAASL, Eng. Athula Galketiya, Chairman of Airport Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Limited (AASL), Mr. P. A. Jayakantha, Director General and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Damitha Narangoda, Vice Chairman of CAASL, Mr. Carlos Menendez, EU-SA APP II Project Manager, the directors of CAASL & AASL, Heads of Divisions of CAASL, and other Senior Officials of CAASL were present at the ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malta charter Airline “SkyUp MT Limited” & Moldova charter Airline “Fly One” have obtained their Foreign Air Operator Certificates (FAOC) recently from the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL).

Mr. P. A. Jayakantha, Director General of Civil Aviation & Chief Executive Officer (DGCA & CEO) awarded the FAOCs to Mr. Thilak Weerasinghe who is the Chairman of LSR as the Local Agent for both airlines.

Initially SkyUp MT Limited is planning to operate five flights per week, and  Fly One is planning to operate one flight per week to Mattala Airport. Boeing 737 aircraft will be used for the operations.

Mr. Thilan Kularathna, Senior Civil Aviation Inspector, Mr. Dhanushka Gunasinghe, Civil Aviation Inspector of the CAASL and Mr. Lalithra Pallegamgoda from Local Agent were also present on this occasion.

Rosssiya Airlines received the Foreign Air Operator Certificate (FAOC) recently from the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) after satisfying the necessary technical and operational requirements in line with the government policy to offer more pathways for foreign airlines to operate flights in to Sri Lanka.

The FAOC was handed over by Mr. P. A. Jayakantha, Director General of Civil Aviation & Chief Executive Officer (DGCA & CEO) to Mr. Nikita Dolgov, Head of Planning and Operations of Rossiya Airlines.

Initially the airline is planning to 04 direct flights from Moscow, utilizing Boeing 777 aircraft.

Mr. Thilan Kularathna, Senior Civil Aviation Inspector & Mr. Dhanushka Gunasinghe, Civil Aviation Inspector of the CAASL, Ms. Padma Beddewela, & Ms. Sameena Thissera from Local Agent of Rossiya Airlines were also present on this occasion.

 

 

 

   

 

 

ශ්‍රී ලංකා සිවිල් ගුවන් සේවා ආරක්ෂක කටයුතු ජාත්‍යන්තර සිවිල් ගුවන් සේවා ප්‍රමිතීන්ට අනුකූලව පවත්වාගෙන යනු වස් සිවිල් ගුවන් සේවා අධ්‍යක්ෂක ජනරාල් හා ප්‍රධාන විධායක නිලධාරී  පී.ඒ. ජයකාන්ත මැතිතුමාගේ ඉල්ලීම මත එක්සත් රාජධානියේ ලියාපදිංචි, ඇමරිකා එක්සත් ජනපදයේ මුදල් ප්‍රතිපාදන මත දැනට ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ කටයුතු කරන මයින්ස්  අඩ්වයිසරි ගෘරූප් ආයතනය මගින් ජාත්‍යන්තර ප්‍රමිතීන්ට අනුව නිෂ්පාදනය කරන ලද අවි ගබඩා කිරීමේ කැබිනට්ටු දෙකක් (02) සිවිල් ගුවන් සේවා අධිකාරිය වෙත 14.12.2023 දින පරිත්‍යාග කරන ලදී.

මෙම අවි ගබඩා කිරීමේ කැබිනට්ටු දෙක (02) සිවිල් ගුවන් සේවා  අධ්‍යක්ෂක ජනරාල් හා ප්‍රධාන විධායක නිලධාරී පී.ඒ. ජයකාන්ත මහතා  විසින් ගුවන් තොටුපොල හා ගුවන් සේවා සමාගමේ සභාපති අතුල ගල්කැටිය මහතා වෙත හා බණ්ඩාරනායක ජාත්‍යන්තර ගුවන් තොටුපොලට අනුයුක්ත ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගුවන් හමුදා කඳවුරේ අණදෙන නිලධාරී ජී.එස්.එන්. ප්‍රියදර්ශන මහතා වෙත 15.12.2023 දින සිවිල් ගුවන් සේවා අධිකාරියේදී නිල වශයෙන් ලිඛිතව භාරදෙන ලදී.

මෙම අවි ගබඩා කිරීමේ කැබිනට්ටු දෙක (02) බණ්ඩාරනායක ජාත්‍යන්තර ගුවන් තොටුපොලේ අධිඅරක්ෂිත කලාපය තුල සිවිල් ගුවන් සේවා ආරක්ෂක කටයුතු සදහා භාවිතා කරන අවි ආයුධ ගබඩා කිරීම සදහා යොදා ගන්නා ලෙස සිවිල් ගුවන් සේවා  අධ්‍යක්ෂක ජනරාල් හා ප්‍රධාන විධායක නිලධාරීතුමා විසින් උපදෙස් ලබා දෙන ලදි.

 

The Australian Government gifted 12 laptop computers installed with CASTRA X-Ray tutor software, assisting Sri Lanka’s civil aviation to upgrade the existing system towards Computer Based Training (CBT) which will enhance training and certification process of aviation security Screeners & Managers.

These capacity building technical assistance were handed over by the Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Paul Stephens at a simple ceremony held at the “Australia House” in Colombo.

The Director General of Civil Aviation Sri Lanka, P. A. Jayakantha, and officials from Government of Australia Michael Burke, the 01st Assistant Secretary of Department of Home Affairs, Chris Alexiou, Counsellor (Transport), Department of Home Affairs and officials representing Sri Lanka’s aviation industry too were present at this occasion.

Major General (Rtd.) G A Chandrasiri, Chairman of Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited, Damitha Narangoda, Vice Chairman, Civil Aviation Authority, Bandula Weragama, Group Head of Aviation Security,  SriLankan Airlines together Aviation Security Inspectorate associated with the gifting ceremony.

Director General of Civil Aviation Sri Lanka, Paying a tribute to the Government of Australia and its Nations for coming out with various humanitarian assistance when Sri Lanka was most needed, apart from Civil Aviation Security Capacity enhancement. 

In the year 2021, have gifted three (03) Explosive Trace Detectors and provided operator training for 150 numbers of personnel in categories of AVSEC Screeners and Managers. Sri Lanka aviation industry is the beneficiary of Australia’s continued support towards the ICAO Global Aviation Security Programme (GASP) to become a reality.

The Explosive Detectors has strengthen Sri Lanka’s capacity for explosive trace detection capability at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).

Sri Lanka & Australia diplomatic relationship which began in 1957, now embarked on its 76th year. 

The 58th Conference of the Directors General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of ICAO Asia and Pacific Regions began at Dhaka, Bangladesh on 15th October through 19th with approximately the 350 delegates, representing 47 countries and 13 international organizations related to Civil Aviation.

The conference is being attended by Directors General of States in Asia-Pacific Regions, as well as official guests including ICAO President Salvatore Saquitano, Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar, Regional Director Tao Ma and a team from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Transportation and Security Administration (TSA).

During the conference deliberating will cover various critical aspects of the aviation sector, including aviation safety & security, facilitation, air navigation, air transport development, environmental disaster prevention, capacity building, Next Generation Aviation Professional’s (NGAP) and their practical implementations.

The event focused to formulate the recommendations to enhance the region's aviation landscape. The Director General of Civil Aviation, Sri Lanka, Mr. P A Jayakantha too in attendance at this conference. He is also the Moderator for Aviation Security & Facilitation discussions.  

Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman, The Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) presiding over the conference as the taking over Chairman.

Sri Lanka had hosted the 53rd DGCA Conference in the year 2016 with the President of Sri Lanka attended.

 

Mr. Rayhan Wanniappa assumes the role of Deputy Director General (Air Transport and Security Regulation) at the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka, effective Thursday, September 7.

Rayhan Wanniappa, an Attorney-at-Law, boasts an extensive career spanning two decades, encompassing both private legal practice and tenures at the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.

He possesses a broad spectrum of expertise in aviation legislation, the negotiation of bilateral agreements, the formulation of Air Transport Policies, and the management of industry affairs.

With an impressive track record, he has represented Sri Lanka in nearly 200 inter-governmental bilateral air services negotiations, including pivotal contributions to the ICAO Conferences on Air Services Negotiations (ICAN) and negotiations with the European Union. His efforts have successfully secured and expanded traffic rights for Sri Lanka, both domestically and internationally.

Among his notable accomplishments, he orchestrated the ICAN Conference in 2017, presided over the COSCAP-South Asia Steering Committee meeting in 2022, and played a pivotal role in the inaugural Sri Lanka Aviation Day on July 14, 2023, all hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.

Notably, he has been a key representative of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka at several prominent international organizations, including the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal and the International Labour Organization in Geneva.

In a significant international engagement, he formed part of the Sri Lanka delegation that attended the Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal, Canada, a gathering featuring the participation of nearly 170 states.

His academic achievements include an Advanced Master's degree in Air Transport Management, earned at the French National School of Civil Aviation, where he stood as the representative of his graduating class.

Furthermore, he has served as a visiting lecturer in Commercial and Air Law at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University in Ratmalana. He frequently addresses aviation professionals and students on a variety of topics related to the aviation industry.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Mr. Wanniappa is an enthusiastic Toastmaster, frequently delivering speeches at various training programs. His diverse interests extend to travel, sports, and music.

 

 

The Aeronautical Authorities of Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates met recently to enhance the Bilateral Air Services Relationship between the two friendly states. The primary objective of these discussions was to update the existing air service arrangements between the two nations, aligning it with the evolving trends in the global aviation arena. This update aims to enhance and optimize air transport operations between the UAE and Sri Lanka.

 

The UAE delegation consisted of 23 officials and was headed by Mr. Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority of the UAE. It also included the UAE Ambassador to Sri Lanka H.E. Mr. Khaled Nasser Al Ameri and officials from the Civil Aviation Authorities of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. The Airlines represented from the UAE were Etihad, Fly Dubai, Emirates, and Air Arabia.

 

The Sri Lanka team was led by Mr. K. D. S. Ruwanchandra, Secretary of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Aviation. The Sri Lankan team also comprised of Mr. P. A. Jayakantha, Director General / Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Rayhan Wanniappa -Actg. Deputy Director General from the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka. Also part of the delegation were representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Attorney General's Department. The Airline members were from SriLankan Airlines and Fits Air.

 

Air Services arrangements hold significant importance in a country's foreign policy and play a crucial role in fostering the growth of Sri Lanka's aviation industry immensely benefitting the national economy. This expansion of the Air Services Arrangement between UAE and Sri Lanka will augur well for Sri Lanka’s Aviation industry in the years to come.

 

The newly appointed Executive Committee members of the Sri Lanka Association of Airlines Representatives (SLAAR) called on Mr. P. A. Jayakantha, the Director General of Civil Aviation & Chief Executive Officer (DGCA & CEO) on 18th August 2023 at the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.

They discussed the current and future airline operations in Sri Lanka and the Officials exchanged their views with DGCA & CEO.

DGCA appreciated the commitment of local representatives towards the betterment of the aviation industry in Sri Lanka in the past and looked forward to their continuous commitment.

Led by Mr. Srimath Fernando as its current president, SLAAR, is an industry association that represents over 35 foreign airlines in the Country that consists of General Sales Agents in the online and offline airlines involved in passenger and cargo business.

SLAAR pledged its commitment towards the betterment of Sri Lanka’s Aviation Industry and shared their plans for the upcoming year.

Mr. Rayhan Wanniappa, Actg. Deputy Director General (Corporate Affairs & Economic Regulations), Mr. Ishara Gunawardena, Manager (Air Services & Traffic Rights) from the CAASL were also present at the meeting.

The low Cost Airliner (LCA) will operate scheduled direct flights to Colombo, qualifying itself with the Sri Lanka Civil Aviation technical and operational requirements and meeting with the international safety standards, Passenger comfort etc.

The Government of Sri Lanka encourages more and more foreign airlines to operate to and from Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation is responsible for results oriented products through the Civil Aviation authority.

Inspectorate of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL), led by Mr. Saman Gunawwerdena, Deputy Director General (Flight Safety Regulations) comprehensively scrutinized the airliner’s technical and operational qualifications and having been satisfied, given its green light for issuance of Foreign Aircraft Operator certificate   (FAOC).

Accordingly, the Director General of Civil Aviation Sri Lanka, Mr. P A Jayakantha issued the FAOC to the Abu - Dhabi based low cost airliner (LCA), Air Arabia.

The FAOC was presented to the airliner’s Accountable Manager and Sales Manager, Mr. Shibin Nazeem, at the Civil Aviation Authority Head Office recently. Mr. Saman Gunawardena together with Air Arabia’s head of Operations, Mr. Chathuranga Colombage too was associated with the FAOC presentation ceremony.

 

[Colombo, 17-07-2023] – The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) successfully organized 'Sri Lanka Aviation Day' event on July 14th, 2023, at the Auditorium of the CAASL.

The Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker was the Hon.Nimal Siripala De Silva, Minister of Ports, Shipping Aviation. Mr.Phillip Goh - Regional Vice President of IATA, Mr. K D S Ruwanchandra – Secretary, Minister of Ports, Shipping & Aviation were the other senior dignitaries present along with senior officials from the Airlines, Airport and the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.

The aviation industry has confronted unprecedented challenges in recent times due to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The resultant decline in air travel worldwide necessitated a collective effort to rebuild and revitalize the aviation sector. Recognizing this need, 'Sri Lanka Aviation Day' aimed to position the aviation industry for growth and facilitate a vibrant future.

This knowledge sharing event brought together industry leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders to discuss the challenges faced by the aviation industry and identify opportunities for recovery and sustainable growth. The event provided a unique platform for participants to engage in panel discussions, listen to keynote speeches, analyze case studies, and network with fellow professionals. There were 4 panel discussions conducted throughout the day with the participation of both local and foreign speakers & Moderators sharing insights, strategies, and best practices to foster recovery and strengthen the aviation sector in Sri Lanka. The panels were:

Session 1: Navigating the challenges of air travel in a post-pandemic world.

Session 2: Sustainable Aviation in Sri Lanka.

Session 3: Smart airport development and its impact on the air transport industry.

Session 4: Sharing Aviation Safety Information.

We express our heartfelt gratitude to our esteemed partner, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), whose invaluable expertise and insights ensured the event's relevance and impact. Their collaboration with the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka was instrumental in making 'Sri Lanka Aviation Day' a resounding success.

The event's success could not have been achieved without the active participation and support of industry leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders who attended the event. Their commitment and dedication to rebuilding the aviation industry in Sri Lanka is commendable.

 

Mr. Philip Goh, the Regional Vice President of International Air Transport Association and his delegation paid a courtesy call on Mr. P. A. Jayakantha, Director General of Civil Aviation & Chief Executive Officer at the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.


The IATA delegates are in town to participate at the ‘Sri Lanka Aviation Day’ hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) in collaboration with IATA on 14th July 2023 at the Auditorium of the CAASL.


The aviation industry has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in a significant decrease in global air travel. Despite these challenges, there is now a sense of hope and determination to revive and expand the aviation sector as countries recover from the pandemic. In the light of this, 'Sri Lanka Aviation Day' will focus on rebuilding and developing the aviation industry in order to facilitate its growth.


Mr. Rayhan Wanniappa, Actg. Deputy Director General (Cooperate Affairs & Economic Regulation), Mr. Vinoop Goel, Regional Director Operations, Safety and Security, Mr. Azhar Azahari, Regional Manager (South Asia), Mr Albert Ttjoeng, Head of Corporate Communication and Mr. Buddika Hewawasam, Country Manager of IATA-Sri Lanka were also present at this meeting.

 

Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL), the regulatory and controlling body for civil aviation to give effect to the International Civil Aviation Convention and matters connected therewith, recently reviewed its aeromedical examiner’s panel and the recruitment procedure. 

The aeromedical examiners serve those who require licencing to perform safety related functions such as piloting aircraft, air crews, aeronautical engineers and air traffic controllers, certificate holders in various capacities engaged in both the airline industry and that of the aeronautical service providers. This is a mandatory requirement in meeting with the world civil aviation standards. 

Turning into good governance, it is another first in a aviation history that opens up for the aeromedical professionals and well experienced aeromedical practitioners to come on-board, following the new selection criteria, which are openly advertised in print and electronic media.  It has established a process– evaluation of the applications professional qualifications and hands on experience. 

The newly recruited aeronautical medical examiners received their letters of appointment in the hands of Director General of Civil Aviation and Chief Executive Officer, Mr P A Jayakantha.  Here the Director General stressed that there is an urgent need for enhanced aeromedical evaluation process and focus on specialized medical areas, research and to be results oriented.                                                                                                            

The Civil Aviation Authority’s Acting Deputy Director General (Corporate Affairs & Economic Regulations) Mr Rayhan Wanniappa, Head of Aeromedical Section Dr Bimal Dias and the Aeromedical Assessor Dr Nimal Gunaratne was associated with the programme.

 

 

We are delighted to share that Her Excellency R. Demet Şekercioğlu, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Sri Lanka and Maldives, recently paid a courtesy call to Mr. P A Jayakantha, the Director General of Civil Aviation & Chief Executive Officer (DGCA & CEO), on 7th June 2023 at the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.

During their meeting, the discussions centered around new business opportunities for Turkish Airlines, and we are happy to inform you that the DGCA & CEO warmly welcomed their proposals. The representatives from Turkish Airlines were highly enthusiastic about the suggestions put forth, and both parties have agreed to further explore these opportunities.

Mr. Fatih Bozkurt, General Manager of Turkish Airlines, also attended the meeting, and he expressed special emphasis on the significance of Sri Lanka as a crucial element of their operations. We are excited to announce that Turkish Airlines aims to commence direct flights from Istanbul to Colombo starting from October 2023!

But that's not all. According to Mr. Fatih Bozkurt, Turkish Airlines intends to expand their flight frequency in the upcoming season, exploring more options for travel between our two beautiful countries.
Watch this space for further updates in the near future.

#TurkishAirlines #IstanbulToColombo #DirectFlights #SeamlessConnectivity

 

The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka) has organized a basic Aircraft Accident Investigation Course with the technical assistance from Cooperative Development of Operational Safety and Continuing Airworthiness Programe –-South Asia (COSCAP-SA).
 
This was a five-day training from 29th May to 2nd June 2023, at CAASL, No 152/1, Minuwangoda Road, Katunayake.
 
The Instructor was Mr. Ismo Aaltonen, an expert in accident investigation who has experienced in accident investigation. He is currently serving as an Aviation Accident Investigation Expert of ICAO since 2019. He had worked as the Chief Air Safety Investigator of Safety Investigation Authority (SIA) of Finland. Further he has strong military pilot background and a Lieutenant colonel from Air Force Academy of Finland.
 
There were total of 32 participants from CAA-Sri Lanka, members of Aircraft Accident &Incident Investigation pool of Sri Lanka, South Asian countries, i.e India, Nepal & Maldives and National Carrier SriLankan Airlines.
 
 

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. 

      

 

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.

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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.

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.