Civil Military Coordination in Sri Lanka

The need

There are two major users of sovereign airspace of Sri Lanka. They are civil and military. The civil aviation sector includes private, commercial and government-owned aircraft that are primarily transporting cargo and passengers, both nationally and internationally. Military aviation comprises State-owned aircraft engaged in transport, training, security and defence within Sri Lanka.

Both aviation sectors are essential to the country’s stability and economies. However, at times, both sectors cannot operate simultaneously within the same block of airspace, thus requiring the establishment of boundaries and segregation. Consequently there is a challenge of managing the airspace which is scarce in a way that safeguards both civil and military aviation requirements.

Being a signatory to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the Government of Sri Lanka is obliged to provide a safe, efficient, regular and harmonious system for international air services operations within Sri Lanka airspace.As airspace becomes more of a scarce and sought after resource, Sri Lanka need to take a balanced approach for airspace management in a way that harmonizes and meets the needs of international traffic flows and national security. This requires communication, collaboration and cooperation.

With reference to the ATM Operational Concept introduced by ICAO, airspace management (ASM) is the process by which airspace options are selected and applied to meet the needs of airspace users. Competing interests for the use of airspace make ASM a highly complex exercise, necessitating a process that equitably balances those interests. The ultimate goal of ASM is to achieve the most efficient use of the airspace based on actual needs and, when possible, avoid permanent airspace segregation.

In October 2009, ICAO hosted the Global Air Traffic Management Forum on Civil/Military Cooperation, which was attended by more than four hundred high-ranking civil and military participants from sixty-seven Member States, six air navigation service providers and forty-six industry organizations. Realizing that there was no existing international framework to bring civil and military authorities together, the Forum recommended that ICAO should play a pivotal role in improving the level of cooperation and coordination between civil and military authorities of States and should serve as the international facilitating platform.

Recognizing that the growing civil air traffic and mission-oriented military air traffic would benefit greatly from a more flexible use of airspace, the Forum recommended that civil and military experts should jointly develop advice and guidance on the best practices for civil/military cooperation.

The Civil Military Coordination Committee has been established with a view to enhance cooperation and coordination between the two main airspace users to achieve the objectives mentioned above.

The Civil Military Coordination Committee (CMCC) will comprise the following members. Unless the circumstance so requires for meeting earlier, the CMCC will meet once in every three months at the CAA headquarters on a time and  date mutually agreed upon.

Convener:Director General of Civil Aviation
Civil Aviation
Sri Lanka Air Force
Mr. S.A.Jayawikcrama,
Director, Aeronautical Services, CAA

Gp. Capt. H.B.D.J. Karunaratne (01630)

Mr. Ranjith PereraDeputy Director (Aerodromes and Air Navigation Services), CAA

Wg Cdr A.V.Jayasekara (01946)

Deputy Director (Operations),CAA
Wg. CdrT.B.Premaratne (01986)
Mr. Mahesh de Silva,Air Navigation Services Inspector, CAA

Wg.Cdr D.S.C.Fernando (01988)

Ms.Krishanthi Tissera,Head of Air Navigation Services, AASL

Wg. Cdr S.D.Jayaweera (02112)

 Ms.Vineetha Senanayake,
Senior Aeronautical Information Service Officer, CAA

Wg.Cdr W.O.A.H.Perera (02117)

 Mr.Asanga Liyanaarachchi,
Senior Air Transport Officer, CAA

Sq.Ldr K.A.D.A.C.Kuruwita (02078)



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

Sethsiripaya Stage II





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