Sri Lanka To Resume International Flights From Dec 26

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The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) on Monday said that it will resume international flights to/from Sri Lanka after Christmas (26th December).

Regular international flight operation has been suspended in Sri Lanka for eight months due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The CAASL said it would be soon issuing directives to the travel industry on the opening of Sri Lanka’s airspace for commercial and charter flights operations.

Sri Lanka’s two international airports were closed in mid-March, as the country went into a lockdown. The lockdown was gradually lifted by mid-May.

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Initial plans were to open international flights by the end of August but the COVID-19 cases abroad rose and the plans were stalled.

Sri Lanka was hit by a coronavirus second wave in October. The number of deaths which stood at just 13 in early October stands at 147 presently. In total, the island-nation has recorded 32,135 COVID-19 cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

The number of recovered cases are above 22,000 and around 8,000 are currently in hospitals.

(With Inputs From PTI)

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