Sri Lankan Army is to open up a limited liability company to operate an Air Travel Agency to serve the large number of military and other service personnel travelling abroad for official purposes.
A proposal approved by the Cabinet will help defence authorities to save a substantial amount as agency fees as the defence ministry pays approximately Rs 275 million annually to travel agents for arranging the air passage for the eservice personnel of Sri Lanka Army, Navy, Air Force and of the Police Dept for their overseas visit.
The government expects that a substantial amount of money could be diverted for the welfare of the soldiers once the Army starts operating its Air Travel Agency. Sri Lanka security forces after having crushed terrorism in May 2009 are also engaged in humanitarian services. The government has also implemented number of welfare programs for the benefit of soldiers who were injured in the 30 year old war with LTTE terrorists.
It will initially provide travel related services to service personnel and the Police. The new company once become fully operational also intends to provide services to the general public as well.