@Jake Sully wrote:Will the foreign airlines agree to fly to Mattala even after closing for 8 hours?
You cant force the foreign governments like you force the locals.
This will never happen - They will withdraw from Sri Lanka - Lots of issues involved
Crew layover - Re fueling - Passenger Loads
This idiotic policy makers think the whole world will dance to their music - King Mahinda Rajapaksha is still the king of Sri Lanka only - Not to the entire world..
British Airways is already suffering with low passengers and low revenue they may pull out from Sri Lanka if they are forced to Operate to MATTALA
Internationally when a country commission a international airport they first do the development of infrastructure and yet they offer loads of consesions to Airlines to operate to such airports
at MATTALA they offer 50% Handling charges rebate only .
In Sri Lanka Air craft handling charges is of the highest for a small ABA320 Aircraft the handling cahrges would be around 03 laks ( The handling is done by Sri Lankan Airlines and it is a monopoly government is not allowing any others to do the handling ) Landing and parking charges would be around 01 lak and fuel also they will have to take in at a high price .
When you consider all these factors plus other charges and the Licencee fees and Airport Tax ..To Operate to Sri Lanka these Airlines pay a heavy price - In india and other regional airports these charges are 30 % Less ..
The national Career Sri lankan Airlines - making heafty losses and at least they are showing these level of revenue in come through handling of these foreign Airlines they are making Huge profits Trillions a week but due to heavy losses in their operations these income is evaporated
All the Governments are failing the mother lanka -They make themselves and their families Rich Rich Richer ..Robbing the country ,,,Blue - Green - Red all the governments we had after 1977 failed this country ..