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Only cargo flights from India have landed in Sri Lanka since COVID-19 travel ban: official

ECONOMYNEXT – No Indian passenger has disembarked at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) since Sri Lanka imposed a COVID-19 travel ban on India on May 06 and only cargo flights have landed at the airport ever since, an aviation official said.

All regulations and restrictions are being strictly upheld, Shehan Sumanasekara, Director Operations, Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) told EconomyNext on May 17.

Sumanasekara was responding to reports that several flights from India have landed at the BIA over the past few days.

“We guarantee that there were no Indian passengers aboard the last few flights that came in as reported in the media,” he said.

Details of the outbound flights from India that landed at the BIA from May 10 to 16 (the period covered in media reports), according to Sumanasekara, are as follows.

10 May 2021: 6ECO8481 IndiGo Airlines from Chennai to Colombo – only cargo, no passengers

11 May 2021 6ECO9961 IndiGo Airlines from Chennai to Colombo – only cargo, no passengers

11 May 2021 6ECO8481 IndiGo Airlines from Chennai to Colombo – only cargo, no passengers

11 May 2021 UL144 SriLankan Airlines from Mumbai to Colombo – only cargo, no passengers

12 May 2021 UL1030 SriLankan Airlines from Chennai to Colombo – only cargo, no passengers

14 May 2021 UL144 SriLankan Airline Mumbai to Colombo – only cargo, no passengers

15 May 2021 UL126 SriLankan Airlines Chennai to Colombo – only cargo, no passengers

15 May 2021 8 Delta 322 Fitz Air Chennai to Colombo – only cargo, no passengers

16 May 2021 UL1431 SriLankan Airlines coming from Delhi-Singapore-Colombo – only cargo, no passengers

16 May 2021 UL1429 SriLankan Airlines coming from Mumbai-Singapore-Colombo – only cargo, no passengers

Sumanasekara added that flight radar does not give passenger details, responding to reports that had referred to radar readings.

On May 06, Sri Lanka barred Indian passengers from disembarking in the country in view of the second wave of COVID-19 infections raging in India. This restriction is solely for passengers while cargo operations were allowed to continue. (Colombo/May17/2021)

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