Development Planning & Special Programmes Section

The Special Projects Section is responsible for Physical Infrastructure development, Conducting aviation awareness programmes, Development of CAA capabilities, Participating at public events for promotion of CAA’s role and image, Publication of reports/bulletins and Collecting and processing of internal statistics.

Physical Infrastructure development

Special Project Section is currently involved with three projects for the physical infrastructure development for the smooth functioning of the activities of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.

  • CAA Office at MRIA is being constructed with a view of extension of CAA’s Safety Oversight functions in connection with this airport too. 
  • Construction of Inspector Quarters at Weerawila for CAA Inspectors.
  • Construction of Head Office for CAA at Nikanda Katunayake.

Conducting Aviation Awareness Programmes

The Civil Aviation Development and Education Committee of Civil Aviation Authority (CADEC) involves with enhancing public awareness in civil aviation activities by conducting Aviation Awareness Programmes for students in schools since its inception in the year 2010.

The quarterly education Magazine ‘Guwansara’ published by the CAA with the view to enhance the knowledge of school children in the field of aviation is distributed free of charge to 2800 schools which conduct G.C.E (A.L) classes.

Development of CAA capabilities

Special Projects Section annually organizes out-door workshop for all staff of the Authority, with a view to enhancing inter personnel relationships, personality development as well as corporate productivity.

Special Projects Section monitors the technical assistance offered by international organizations (eg. COSCAP-SA, SARI) whom the CAASL has subscribed to evaluate that the CAA gains the returns on investments and provide administrative assistance for the missions conduct by international organizations such as COSCAP-SA, SARI, CAPSCA.

Participate at public events for promotion of CAA role and image

Special Projects Section involves in organizing the CAA stall for Deyata Kirula National Exhibition every year and also for the other exhibitions as required.

Publication of reports/bulletins

Collection of information,compiling, publishing the annual report of CAASL and presenting to the parliament, related government entities and other industry clientele by the Special Projects Section.

Special Projects Section submitted Physical and Progress Reports, Committee Stage Budget Report, projects development reports etc. to the line Ministry and Central Bank.

Collecting and processing of statistics

Special Projects Section collects statics on internal sections performance data every month in order to evaluate the future needs of the CAASL and to facilitate the reports compiled by the section to fulfill requests of outside organizations such as Central Bank, Ministry and Parliament.

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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