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“Spark Air” part foreign investment: CAA 

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) yesterday (30) said part of the financial investment of Sri Lanka’s newest commercial international airline “Spark Air” would come from a foreign investor.

Speaking to The Morning, CAA Director – Operations Lushan Fernando said Spark Air was still in the application stage, and it would operate internationally.

When asked about the investors, Fernando said: “There is a foreign investor as well.”

The airline will be operated similar to SriLankan Airlines, and will be a government-owned company, The Morning learnt.

The CAA plans to launch the airline from February next year. It is also said that the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) would serve as its hub.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the company, Spark Air Ltd., will initially fly only two Airbus A330 aircraft for cargo operations, and later expand to passenger operations as the travel situation improves in time to come.

The CAA listed Captains Robert Spittel, Ramzi Raheem, Samin Attanayake, Ashan De Alwis, and Suranjan De Silva as Directors of the organisation in its public notice pertaining to Spark Air’s application for an air operator certificate, airline license to engage in international regular transport operations, and charter operations carrying passengers, cargo, and mail.