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Sri Lanka airport re-opening draws JetStar, Bangladesh, Pakistan carriers

ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka is seeing interest from new airlines from South Asia as regular pre-Coronavirus carriers resumed scheduled flight to the Indian Ocean island from January 21, the Indian Ocean Islands’ aviation regulator said.

India’s Go Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Maldivian Airlines, Sky Capital – Bangladesh, JetStar Asia Airways – Australia, Air Falcon – Pakistan and Jazeera Airways have applied to start scheduled flights, Director General of Civil Aviation – Themiya Abeywickrama said.

Ethiopian and Maldvian ahd already started and other airlines are in the process of getting approvals, he said.

Sri Lanka opened Katunayake and Mattala airports to regular commercial traffic from January 21, subject to a total of 2,500 tourists per day due to tight for Coronavirus tests.

SriLankan, Qatar, Etihad, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, China Eastern, Oman Airlines, Singapore
and Kuwait Airways, which were flying to Colombo before the airport closed for regular traffic on March 2020, have resumed scheduled operations, Abeywickrama said.

About 15 other carriers were running charters including for cargo, he said. (Colombo/Jan22/2021)

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