Monday, June 7, 2010

Sri Lankan airline chief calls for fully liberalized skies with India

Sri Lanka and India should fully liberalize air services within the two countries, further strengthen links between them and set an example to South Asia, the head of the islands state-run national carrier said.

The time has come to a fully liberalize aviation in the region, which will be an example in the pursuit of true intra-regional trade, SriLankan Airlines chairman Nishanta Wickremasinghe told a business forum in Colombo.

From the airlines point of view I would unhesitatingly urge India to take that opportunity to fully liberalize air services to serve as a regional model.

He was speaking at a business forum held with the India International Film Awards in Colombo.

Wickremasinghe said Sri Lanka had an aviation policy of liberalizing on the basis of reciprocity.

Far reaching and timely decisions by Sri Lanka and India to liberalize (are needed), he said.

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