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)


Government Notice

 Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation

National Civil Aviation Policy (Draft)

The Airspace over Sri Lanka is a public asset which has enormous potential to contribute for its socio-economic development. With clear, consistent and farsighted policies in place, the country’s airspace can be made busier and more productive with numerous activities that would demand a variety of ground support, services and resources triggering the country’s growth engine to spin faster producing wider socio-economic benefits. It is with above the objective in mind, that the National Policy for Civil Aviation has been drafted at the instruction of the Hon. Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation and under the guidance of the Hon. Prime Minister’s office, in close coordination and consultation with a representative group of all key stakeholders involved in aviation, setting out the overall objectives of the Government for civil aviation and the high-level policies that should be used to achieve those primary objectives on midterm and long term basis.

One of the main objectives of the proposed National Civil Aviation Policy is to improve the air connectivity enhancing the accessibility to any part of the country from any corner of the world so that Sri Lankan community may enter and compete successfully in the globalized air transport market for economic growth opportunities. Accordingly, the draft civil aviation policy framework proposes opening up of Sri Lanka’s skies to the rest of the world for international commercial traffic on the basis of reciprocity aiming at enhanced connectivity and accessibility. Also the draft National Policy encourages private sector to invest in the development of aviation infrastructure including construction, operation and maintenance of civil airports. It also proposes permitting local private airlines that satisfy the applicable international safety and security requirements to operate international commercial scheduled passenger flights in competition with foreign carriers aiming at securing and consolidating the country’s share international air transport market.

The draft National Civil Aviation Policy document deals with a variety of subjects in greater detail. 

  •    International Air Transportation
  •    Custom Duties
  •    Taxation applicable to International Airlines           
  •    Domestic Air Services
  •    Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Organizations (MRO)
  •    General Aviation
  •    Stakeholder Participation in Aviation Development
  •    Designation of Airspace for Special Use
  •    Off-shore operations
  •    Airport Infrastructure
  •    Airport Master Plans
  •    Air Cargo Transshipment
  •    Land Use Planning
  •    Air Space Management
  •    State Aviation Safety Programme (SASP)
  •    Aviation Security
  •    Civil-Military Coordination
  •    Facilitation at Airports
  •    Human Resources Development
  •    Public Private Participation and Investment Promotion
  •    Consumer Protection
  •    Regulation of air cargo industry
  •    Access for Persons with Reduced Mobility and Special Needs
  •    Multi-Modal Transportation
  •    Environmental Safeguards
  •    International Conventions

The complete draft of the National Civil Aviation Policy paper can be downloaded from the Official website of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka at http://www.caa.lk/images/stories/Policy/NCAP_SL_DEC_2016-E-Final.pdf - (Pl click here for SINHALA or TAMIL version). Members of the public who are interested in contributing to the refinement of the objectives, principles and idea in the draft National Civil Aviation Policy document are kindly advised to submit their views, comments or suggestions to the following address either in writing or by e-mail on or before 30th April 2017.

Director General of Civil Aviation and Chief Executive Officer
Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka
No.4, Hunupitiya Road,
Colombo 02.
Email : dnacp@caa.lk 


Nihal Somaweera


Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation

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