Dec 18, 2016

Airport & Aviation Services Ltd. disregards court order! Featured

A Court of Appeal order nearly a month ago to award the tender for the highest bidders to handle the airport counters providing facilities and services to foreigners is yet to be implemented by the Airport and Aviation Services Ltd (AASL), airport sources say.

The directive by CA judges Vijith Malalgoda and S. Thurairaja with consent by all parties concerned to the AASL’s commerce and property division was made in November 24.

The petitioners noted the AASL was incurring a nearly Rs. 60 million loss due to the delay in awarding the tender.

A company that presently manages one of the airport counters had been refused permission to become an intervening petitioner in the case, but had filed a petition of its own a few days after the CA ruling.

That case is yet to be taken up for hearing.

The airport has six counters to provide services and facilities for foreigners, given on annual lease, which expired on February 16 this year.

Fresh bids were opened on 30 December 2015, and transport and aviation ministry secretary Nihal Somasiri instructed the AASL chairman in writing on 28 April 2016 to award the tender in the order of the highest bidders.

The petition to the CA says instructions have been given to award the counters to airport tourist drivers association (counter 1), Abans Tours & Travels (counter 2), Ayubowan Tours and Travels (counter 3), Lanka Travel Agents Association (counter 4), Carsons Travels (counter 5) and JNW Lanka Tours (counter 6).