The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has stopped providing helicopters or planes to cabinet ministers and state ministers to travel to various parts of the country without the special approval of the Ministry of Defence.
When contacted, the Air Force Spokesman Group Captain Dushan Wijesinghe said that this decision had been taken based on various reasons, including the fuel crisis.
However, he noted that the SLAF is bound to provide helicopters or planes for the use of the President, Prime Minister or for visiting foreign dignitaries.
Previously, the SLAF had provided helicopters and planes to cabinet and non-cabinet ministers. Accordingly, many former ministers owe the SLAF over Rs. 10 million in unpaid bills for the air travel obtained by them which has not been paid to date, it is reported.