COVID-19: Sri Lanka to resume international flights from December 26 after eight months

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

Published: 12th December 2020 10:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th December 2020 10:50 PM   |  A+A-

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Sri Lanka was hit by a coronavirus second wave in October. (Representational Photo)

By PTI

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will resume international flights operations from December 26, eight months after they were closed in view of the COVID-19 outbreak, officials said on Saturday.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (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.

Initial plans were to open international flight 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, stand 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.



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