The Government had announce to adopt an open skies policy allowing international carriers to operate freely at the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport.
Open skies policy is a concept where free market conditions are created for commercial aviation. It provides access to international carriers to operate freely without restrictions “This is a move to attract more international traffic.
The Government had planned to live an open skies policy only for a limited period but now it had decided to extend it for an unlimited period.
The other concessions at Mattala would be a 50 per cent discount on ground handling charges for five years
He said talks were held with various international airlines including Emirates, Qatar Airways. Etihad, Air Arabia. Sichuan Airlines of China and the Korean Airlines and they had agreed to fly to Mattala Talks with other airlines were continuing.