UK diplomats advised against using Helitours

MR06162013K_1-e1437871735910British diplomats have been advised against using Helitours after it was revealed that the domestic passenger airline was operating with an expired air safety certificate.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office said that staff at the British High Commission in Sri Lanka have been advised not to use the airline Helitours due to concerns about its safety certification

Helitours is the commercial air arm of the Air Force and is established as a company under the companies act.

Helitours utilizes turbine engine aircraft for touring and it claims it is compliant with civil aviation regulations applicable to a civil airline operator and has been issued an Air operating Certificate (AOC) by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL).