Message from the Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation

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Secretary to the Ministry of Transport & Civil Aviation

The Bandaranaike International Airport is an icon of national pride. It is one of the most dynamic economic centers in the island. The services that is provides the nation are enormous and vital to the sustenance and development of the national economy. It is also the home base for our flag carrier.

Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd., being the operator of BIA is a model for state owned enterprises to emulate. Under the purview of our ministry it maintains round the clock operations at the airport and also spearheads its development.

BIA is however not the only entity operated by AASL. The new International Airport at Mattala and the Colombo City Airport at Ratmalana are also operated and maintained by this company. To do so, it also operates several facilities in various parts of the island including the peak of mountain Piduruthalagala. It employs professionals of many specialized trades and is an attractive state sector employer.

As the secretary to the ministry, it is my duty and my pleasure to deal with AASL and we are committed to make Sri Lanka a nerve center for the regional civil aviation industry in which exercise AASL must play a dominant role.

Mr. G.S.Withanage
Secretary to the Ministry of Transport & Civil Aviation