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Government considers allowing Private Sector to import jet fuel

The government has considered allowing the Private Sector to import fuel for aircraft amidst the ongoing fuel crisis.

The Minister of Ports, Navigation and Aviation Nimal Siripala De Silva stated that the adaptation of a programme to provide jet fuel without any hindrance to the planes servicing Sri Lanka would be important.

He revealed that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CEYPETCO) is unable to supply the necessary volumes of fuel for the aircraft arriving and leaving the island, thereby emphasising that the private sector should be allowed to import fuel.

A special discussion was held in this regard under the patronage of Minister Silva yesterday (16) morning, and the parties attended including the CEYPETCO, all airlines in the country and the Civil Aviation Authority agreed that measures should be taken to immediately stabilise the aviation sector to prevent further decline of aircraft arrivals in Sri Lanka.


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