Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka

Direction and Management

The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (the “CAA”) was established under the Civil Aviation Authority Act No.34 of 2002 on 27th December 2002

CAA is a Public Enterprise for the purpose of audit of accounts under Article 154 of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialistic Republic of Sri Lanka. It is categorized as Commercial Corporation in terms of the Public Enterprise Circular PED 11.

The primary function of the CAA is to regulate civil aviation activities in Sri Lank in keeping with International Standards and Recommended Practices adopted by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and to steer the aviation sector in Sri Lanka as a prime contributor to the growth of national economy, enhancing quality of life of it’s citizens.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka consists of eight (08) members.

  • Five (05) appointed by the Minister.
  • Three members ex-officio viz.
    • Secretary, Ministry of Defence
    • Representative of the Minister in charge of the subject of Finance
    • Director-General of Civil Aviation

The term of office of members appointed by the Minister is three years.

By statute, the Director General of Civil Aviation is the Chief Executive Officer of the CAA

 The Authority is subjected to the direction and control of the Minister in charge of the subject of civil aviation who at present is the Minister of Civil Aviation, and the CAA reports directly to him.

In pursuance of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka Act No.34 of 2002, the Authority shall in a manner consistent with the obligations of Sri Lanka under the Convention exercise, perform and discharge the following powers, functions and duties.

  • Subject to any directions issued by the Minister, regulate civil air operations within the territory of Sri Lanka and the operations of Sri Lanka registered aircraft outside the territory of Sri Lanka, in accordance with the provisions of this Act or any other written law;
  • Assist the Minister in the formulation of the National Aviation Policy of Sri Lanka
  • Prepare an aviation development plan for Sri Lanka in accordance with the National Aviation Policy and the directions issued by the Minister in regard to the same
  • Provide the strategic direction for the development of civil aviation and coordinate the activities of all parties involved
  • Develop and promulgate or adopt by reference as appropriate, clear and concise aviation safety requirements and practices and procedures, implement effective enforcement strategies to secure compliance by all persons of the Standards and such aviation safety requirements and practices and procedures
  • Encourage, through comprehensive and timely aviation safety advice and by fostering an awareness within the aviation community of the importance of aviation safety, a greater degree of acceptance by the aviation community of its obligation to maintain high standards of aviation safety; provide aviation safety education and training for persons involved in civil aviation activities
  • Issue certificates, licences, permits and any other legal authority or document required to be issued by or under the provisions of this Act or any other written law;
  • Initiate investigations on aircraft accidents and any other related incidents and arrange for the establishment and provision of search and rescue operations; conduct inquiries with regard to any flight safety hazards and take remedial action

To be a prime catalyst for the growth of the National Economy

To facilitate through strategic planning and effective regulation, the operation of a safe, secure and efficient national civil aviation industry that conforms to International Standards and Recommended Practices

(Last updated on : 16.07.2014 by DGCA's office)


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