Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe ordered reduction in handling charges for airlines at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) to encourage airlines to continue operating to Sri Lanka and reduce cost. At a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister yesterday steps needed to be taken to assist the tourism sector after Easter Sunday attack. It was observed that even though the hotels have cut rates, the airlines have not.
As a supportive measures the Premier directed the reduction of handling charges. Secretary to the Treasury, Commissioner General of Immigration and Emigration, Airport Aviation Chairman and Sri Lanka Tourism Chairman were also present at the meeting.