Decision made about aircraft fuel

Mr. Nimal Siripala de Silva, the Minister of Ports, Navigation and Aviation, has pointed out the need for a program to provide aircraft fuel without any hindrance to the planes arriving and departing from Sri Lanka.

It was recently revealed that the number of aircraft arriving and departing from Sri Lanka has decreased significantly due to the difficulty in obtaining aircraft fuel. A special discussion with the relevant institutions on the measures to be taken to immediately change this situation and stabilize the aviation sector was held recently in the Ministry’s auditorium under the chairmanship of the Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Mr. Nimal Siripala de Silva.

Representatives representing all airlines in Sri Lanka, Civil Aviation Authority authorities and Petroleum Statutory Corporation officials also participated in this.

Paying more attention to the matters presented accordingly, the minister emphasized that if the petroleum legalized corporation is unable to meet this requirement, private sector parties should be allowed to bring jet fuel to Sri Lanka.

Several companies that came together representing the aviation industry stated that they are ready to bring and distribute jet fuel to Sri Lanka at their own expense if the Petroleum Corporation and the Ministry of Petroleum provide the necessary permission and facilities.

The representatives of the Petroleum Corporation said that two crude oil ships have reached Sri Lanka so far and according to their refining activities, the Sapugaskanda Refinery can provide about six hundred metric tons of jet fuel per day. According to that, it is possible to supply aircraft fuel continuously from the 20th of this month.

The Minister who paid attention to that, instructed the Civil Aviation Authority to prepare a systematic program with proper study on the daily fuel quantities required for each air service and the steps taken by the Petroleum Corporation to provide it.

Airline representatives also pointed out that more flights will arrive at Katunayake Airport in the coming months, especially when the tourist season begins, and that it is essential to provide the necessary amounts of aviation fuel continuously.

The Minister instructed the officials that the Petroleum Statutory Corporation should promptly carry out the necessary activities to facilitate the storage of more aviation fuel, and taking into consideration the future needs, take steps to create the necessary fuel storage at the airport as well as outside it. .

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