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May 16, 2014

Airport & Aviation Services Ltd. (AASL) the national air navigation service provider in Sri Lanka successfully hosted the Asia Pacific Conference of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) for 2014 in Colombo 5th to 7th May.

CANSO is the global voice of air navigation service providers (ANSPs) worldwide. It plays a critical and collective role in coordinating the efforts of ANSPs to ensure the safety and efficiency of air transport worldwide. CANSO Memberssupport over 85% of world air traffic. It also has an extensive network of Associate Members drawn from across the aviation industry.

The conference was the first of its kind ever to be hosted in Sri Lanka and was also the first occasion that witnessed the convergence of a large number of ANSP organisations to Colombo.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Enabling Safe and Sustainable Air Transport Growth in the Asia - Pacific”. The choice of this theme was motivated by the predicted growth in air transport in the Asia - Pacific Region which has been recognised by the aviation industry as a development that brings both challenges and opportunities.

The conference attracted over 148 delegates from 48 organisations including ANSPs from across the region, as well as airlines, air navigation services (ANS) equipment manufacturers and other aviation industry partners. Mr. Jeff Poole, Director General CANSO, Mr. Yap Ong Heng, Chairman, Asia Pacific CANSO CEO Committee and Director General of CAAS, Mr. Arun Mishra, Regional Director ICAO, and Mr. HaiEng CMRIAng, Director, CANSO Asia Pacific were among the dignitaries who attended the conference.

The Cinnamon Grand, Colombo was the venue for the conference. AASL, itself a CANSO Member, worked hand in hand with CANSO to make the conference a success. On the evening of 5th May, a welcome reception was hosted jointly by CANSO and AASL where the delegates had a thoroughly enjoyable evening with a taste of Sri Lankan culture and cuisine.

On the morning of 6th May, the Conference was officially inaugurated by Sri Lanka’s Minister of Civil Aviation Hon. PiyankaraJayaratneand Deputy Minister Hon. GitanjanaGunawardena, was also present. Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation Dr. RavindraRuberu,Chairman Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka General Rohan Daluwatta, and Director General of Civil Aviation Sri Lanka Mr. H M C Nimalsiriwere among the distinguished guests. Chairman AASL Mr. PrasannaWickramasuriya, Vice Chairman AASL Mr. Kamal Ratwatte, Executive Director AASL Mr. JohanneJayaratneand other members of the Board of Directors of AASL were present, representing the host organisation. International airline representatives in Sri Lanka, domestic airline operators and representatives of the tourism industry were also among those who were present for the inauguration

Chairman Airport & Aviation Services Mr. PrasannaWickramasuriya,who spearheaded the hosting of the event, delivered the welcome address, emphasising the need for CANSO Members in the region to work together and share their knowledge and experience when meeting the regional challenges. Mr. Jeff Poole Director General of CANSO outlined the importance of aviation to the economies of the Asia-Pacific regionand

Photos by: AASL media