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Pakistan and Bangladesh are hindering growth: SriLankan Airlines

(KUALA LUMPUR, 06 December 2005) Peter Hill, the CEO of SriLankan Airlines, has called on the governments of Pakistan and Bangladesh to liberalise aviation access, as restrictions are hindering growth in the region. Mr Hill made the call during a speech to 250 delegates and media at the Outlook Summit in Kuala Lumpur presented by the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation.

"Pakistan and Bangladesh have yet to take a leaf from India's book and open their skies", said Mr Hill. "India is now the premier tourism generating country to Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka is one of the main tourism generating countries to India".
 
Visitor arrivals from India exceeded 100,000 in 2004 and are on pace to exceed that figure this year, according to Mr Hill. Given the "demonstrable effects of such liberalisation, it is therefore all the more frustrating that regional neighbours continue to restrict access", he stated.
 
Speaking on a panel at the Outlook Summit in Kuala Lumpur addressing areas likely to foster significant short-to-medium-term traffic growth, Mr Hill confirmed the growth of his carrier was in large part due to the Indian and Sri Lankan governments

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