SENIOR EXECUTIVES from many of Southern Asia's airlines have met in Sri Lankan capital Colombo in an attempt to reach agreement on co-operation in several key areas of business.

The 27-28 February meeting, attended by executives of Air India, Indian Airlines, Royal Nepal Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Biman Bangladesh, Air Maldives, Druk Air and Air Lanka discussed co-operation, including marketing, technical operations, communications, training and the possible joint buying of fuel.

Opening the conference, Sri Lankan minister of aviation, Dharmasiri Senanayake, said that countries of the region could co-operate in civil aviation. Although aware of the fierce competition in global aviation, the minister said that governments could no longer be expected to subsidise civil aviation.

Source: Flight International