The Regulation 180, 184,185,186, 187 and 251 of Air Navigation Regulations of 1955, Chapter XIII “Air Services Operations”, requires a person intending to operate an aircraft for private, aerial work, charter or regular public transport services to obtain an authorisation from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which is referred to as an Air Operator Certificate (AOC). The Air Operator Certificate specifies the nature and scope of operations granted to an air operator together with the terms, conditions and limitations applicable to such operations. An operator is required and expected to ensure that all operations undertaken are well within the requirements specified in the AOC

Classification of Operations;

  • Private Operations: is in which an aircraft is used for the private use of the owner. Carriage of any person or cargo in this aircraft shall not be for hire or reward. Carriage of goods shall be for purposes other than for trade.

  • Aerial Work Operations:is in which an aircraft is used for the following purposes.
    • Aerial observation
    • Aerial spotting
    • Pest & disease control
    • Seed sowing
    • Advertising
    • Flying training
    • Ambulance functions
    • Carriage for purposes of trade, of goods which are the property of the pilot, or the owner or the hirer of the aircraft: or
    • Police or customs functions or the services of a Government department.

  • Charter Operations: is in which an aircraft is used for the carriage of passengers or cargo for hire or reward to or from any place, but which are not conducted in accordance with fixed schedules to and from fixed terminals

  • Regular public transport operations: is in which aircraft are used for the carriage of passengers or cargo for hire or reward in accordance with fixed schedules to and from fixed terminals over specific routes with or without stopping places between terminals.

  • Foreign Air Operators: is in which aircraft are used by other states  to conduct operations into Sri Lanka

No aircraft shall be used for any class of operations unless the particular type of aircraft is approved in writing for such use by the DGCA. All requirements that a person shall comply in order to obtain an AOC is specified in SLCAP 4100-Air Operator Certification Manual which can be referred to under Guidance Material All persons intending to operate aircraft under the classification of Foreign Air Operator shall comply to the requirements as specified in SLCAP 4105-Foreign Air Operator Certification Manual.

Refer: Operations

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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