FLY LANKAN – The new carrier likely from SriLanka

by Radhakrishnan Pattabiraman

As soon as the new SriLankan government took the oath of office under Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, it was widely expected that the merged MihinLanka, the low-cost carrier (LCC) of SriLanka with SriLankan airlines will take a new avatar and that is becoming true albeit with a proposed private operation.

Mihin Lanka Airlines ©Wiki Commons

FLY LANKAN is the new carrier from SriLanka.

As expected,  the ministry of civil aviation of SriLanka has announced that the office of the Director of civil aviation has received an application from ‘Fly Lankan Asia (P) Ltd for ‘Air operator license and  Airline licence to engage in Domestic Regular Operations carrying Passengers and Mail and International Regular Operation carrying Passengers, Cargo and Mail in compliance with Civil Aviation Act and Regulation made thereunder.

The ministry of civil aviation in its publication (https://www.caa.lk/en/public-notices-en/fly-lankan-asia-pvt-ltd) which is available for download in 3 languages viz., English, Sinhalese & Tamil, communicates the receipt of an application by the Ministry.

The formal announcement of approval can be expected soon.

There is both opportunity & threat for SriLankan Civil Aviation

MihinLanka was a low-cost carrier when Rajapakse was the President of SriLanka and was operating out of Matala which is an Airport within the small island nation.  However,  when Maithiripala Srisena took over as President of SriLanka, MihinLanka was merged with SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of SriLanka.

Sri Lankan Airlines ©Wiki Commons

At that point of time,  the nation was facing competition from other external operators like SpiceJet, Indigo and alliance air from the Indian destinations point of view.  Indian Market accounts for a major revenue for SriLankan airlines due to its proximity and considering the size of the fleet of MihinLanka which had only A320 series of aircraft.  There were competition from other international airlines as well considering Colombo’s Bandaranaike International airport being the sole destination for Air traffic to the Island nation.

It was widely believed that the Rajapakse government will implement a low-cost carrier (LCC) as soon as it returns to power.  With this application with the ministry,  a new avatar of the closed entity of MihinLanka is expected soon.  However, there are rumours that unlike MihinLanka which was part of the Government-owned entity, FlyLankan is expected to be a private firm.

Now, here’s an interesting point of view – SriLankan Airlines is an all-Airbus fleet.  Let us wait and see whether Boeing will be able to open their account with this new upcoming airline! What are your thoughts on the situation on Sri Lankan aviation? Let us know in the comments!

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Sandhya
Sandhya
9 months ago

In-depth analysis. Well thought of. My younger one, who’s an airplane enthusiast and aspiring to be a pilot, read this article and he loved it

Ramya kumar
Ramya kumar
9 months ago

Well analysed and very informative article.

Ahmed
Ahmed
9 months ago

Very informative, thought proveking

Ram Harshvardhan
Ram Harshvardhan
9 months ago

This article nicely opens up a discussion. Well written. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how the aviation industry comes out of this pandemic once the situation starts to subside.

Janani Ram
Janani Ram
9 months ago

Very eloquent and thorough insights. Really great write up 🙂

Guest
Guest
9 months ago

Excellent message. Lot of information. Thank you author Radhakrishnan Pattabiraman

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