On 8 May 2014, SAA brought together some 30 alumni from Sri Lanka for a gathering in Colombo. Organised as part of SAA’s efforts to engage with overseas course participants, our alumni reminisced and rekindled their ties over a sumptuous seafood buffet at Hilton Hotel. The event was hosted by Mr Yap Ong Heng, Director-General of CAAS, and co-hosted by Mr D M Parakrama Dissanayake, Senior Director, Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.
Mr Yap recounted that the first batch of participants from Sri Lanka were ATCOs from then-Department of Civil Aviation, who attended the Primary ATC course in Singapore in 1967! Since then, SAA has welcomed more than 470 participants from the country. Mr Parakrama thanked SAA for organising the event and he looked forward to maintaining a warm relationship with SAA.