Sri Lanka to permit international charter and commercial flights from December 26th
Sri Lankan authorities have announced plans to open the country’s borders for limited activities and permit charter and commercial flight from December 26th.
Sri Lanka’s Civil Aviation Authority has stated that it will send “appropriate directives to the travel industry for the commercial and charter flight operations”.
Sri Lanka closed the airport for scheduled flights in March 2020, though SriLankan Airlines and Qatar Airlines have been operating passenger flights while several airlines continued to operate cargo flights, local media reports stated.
SriLankan Airlines has announced that it was increasing flights to Singapore and recommencing flights to Malaysia this month.
The opening up of Sri Lanka’s airports on Boxing Day would open up a host of opportunities in the island. As the world gradually returns to normalcy after the global Covid 19 pandemic Sri Lanka’s positioning as a business hub and tourist destination will once again become prominent. Sri Lanka’s geographical positioning in the Indian Ocean and the many trade agreements as well as trade concessions enjoyed by the country made it a business hub in the South Asian region. Even during the pandemic Sri Lanka’s exports sector continued operations showing resilience and the government relaunched its development programme. Foreign businesses/investors could therefore explore business opportunities in Sri Lanka.
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