Enforcement Policy

The Enforcement Policy is adopted in satisfying one of the many requirements associated with the establishment of a State Safety Programme which the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka is required to set up in pursuance of Section 116 of the Civil Aviation Act No. 14 of 2010.

  • The enforcement policy of Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) is aimed at promoting compliance with aviation safety regulations and requirements through enforcement functions in an equitable manner.

  • The  implementation  of  safety  management  systems  (SMS)  requires  the  CAASL to  have  an equitable and discretionary enforcement approach in order to support the SSP-SMS framework.

  • In order to develop enforcement policies and procedures that allow service providers or operators to deal with, and resolve, certain events involving safety deviations, internally, within the context of the  service provider‘s SMS, and to the satisfaction of the authority. Intentional contraventions of the Civil Aviation Act and Regulations, Rules, Implementing Standards and Directives made thereunder will be investigated and may be subject to conventional enforcement action where appropriate. There should be clear provisions in the enforcement framework for due consideration and segregation between premeditated violations from unintentional errors or deviations.

  • The enforcement policy statement and associated enforcement procedures apply to  service providers operating in accordance with ICAO Annex 1 — Personnel Licensing; Annex 6 — Operation of Aircraft, Part I — International Commercial Air Transport — Aeroplanes, and Part III — International Operations — Helicopters; Annex 8— Airworthiness of Aircraft; Annex 11 — Air Traffic Services; and Annex 14 — Aerodromes, Volume I — Aerodrome Design and Operations and Annex-18-Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.

  • Each Service provider or an Operator will establish, maintain and adhere to an SMS that is commensurate with the size, nature and complexity of the operations authorized to be conducted under the approval/ certificate issued to him.
  • To maintain this enforcement policy that supports the implementation of SMS, CAASL inspectors will maintain an open communication channel with service providers.
  • No information derived from safety data collection and processing systems established under a SMS relating to reports classified as confidential, voluntary or equivalent category, shall be used as the basis for enforcement action, unless in the case of premeditated violations.
  • When a service provider operating under an SMS unintentionally contravenes Civil Aviation Act and Regulations, Rules, Implementing Standards and Directives, specific review procedures will be used. These procedures will allow the CAASL inspector responsible for the oversight of the service provider the opportunity to engage in dialogue with the SMS approved organization.
  • The objective of this dialogue is to agree on proposed corrective measures and an action plan that adequately addresses the deficiencies that led to the contravention and to afford the service provider a reasonable time to implement them. This approach aims to nurture and sustain effective safety reporting, whereby employees of the Service Provider or Operator, as the case may be, can report safety deficiencies and hazards without fear of punitive action. A service provider or operator can therefore, without apportioning blame, and without fear of enforcement action, analyze the event and the organizational or individual factors that may have led to it, in order to incorporate remedial measures that will best help prevent recurrence.
  • CAASL, through the inspector responsible for the oversight of the service provider or operator, will evaluate the corrective measures proposed by the service provider, and/or the systems currently in place to address the event underlying the contravention.  If  the  corrective  measures  (including  any  appropriate  internal  disciplinary  actions) proposed are considered satisfactory and likely to prevent recurrence and foster future compliance, the review of the violation should then be concluded with no further punitive enforcement action by the CAASL.
  • In cases where either the corrective measures or the systems in place are considered inappropriate, CAASL will continue to interact with the service provider to find a satisfactory resolution that would prevent enforcement action. However, in cases where the service provider refuses to address the event and provide effective corrective measures, CAASL will consider taking enforcement action or other administrative action deemed appropriate.
  • Breaches of aviation regulations may occur for many different reasons, from a genuine misunderstanding of the regulations, to disregard for aviation safety. CAASL has a range of enforcement procedures in order to effectively address safety obligations under the Civil Aviation Act in light of different circumstances. These procedures may result in a variety of actions such as:
  1. Counselling;
  2. Remedial training; or
  3. Variation, suspension and cancellation of authorizations.
  • Enforcement decisions must not be influenced by:
  1. personal conflict;
  2. personal gain
  3. considerations such as gender, race, religion, political views or affiliation; or
  4. personal, political or financial power of those involved.
    1. CAASL will take action against those who consistently and deliberately operate outside Civil Aviation legal framework; and
    2. CAASL will seek to educate and promote training or supervision of those who show commitment to resolving safety deficiencies.
    3. CAASL will give due and equitable consideration to distinguish between premeditated violations from unintentional errors or deviations.

Enforcement decisions must be proportional to the identified breaches and the safety risks they underlie, based on three principles:

Enforcement decisions must:

  1. be fair and follow due process;
  2. be transparent to those involved;
  3. take into account the circumstances of the case and the attitude/ actions of the service provider, operator or individual when considering action;
  4. be consistent actions/ decisions for like/ similar circumstances; and
  5. be subject to appropriate internal and external review.

  • The CAA Enforcement policy is not applicable if there is evidence of a deliberate effort to conceal non-compliance.

  • The CAA Enforcement policy is not applicable if the service provider or an operator fails to maintain an acceptable SMS or its agreed safety performance.

  • The CAA Enforcement policy is not applicable if the service provider or an operator is deemed by the CAASL as a recurrent violator.

In the above circumstances, the CAASL may deal with such non-compliance or violations according to the established enforcement procedures as deemed appropriate.


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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