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Sri Lanka airports to suspend arrivals till March 25 – Updated

UNCERTAIN – Officials unsure of when the BIA can open for incoming tourists.

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s main airport in Katunayake is suspending arriving passenger operations from March 19, as the country tightens controls to contain the spread of Coronavirus.

Arriving passenger will not be accepted from March 19, Director Operations Airport and Aviation Services Limited Director Shehan Sumanasekara said.

“Cargo flights will be accommodated as usual,” he said.

Transit and departures passengers would still be allowed.

The decision taken on a directive from President Rajapaksa, Sumanasekara said.

Sri Lanka’s Civil Aviation Authority said the closure will initially apply from 0400 hours on March 19,2020 till 2359 hours on March 25.

“The closure will be reviewed by the Sri Lanka Authorities,” the CAA said.

Aircraft could depart with passengers originating in Colombo, stop overs, transit passengers or tourists.

Emergency diversions, humanitarian flights, freighter operations, technical landings and inbound ferry flights without passengers, would be permitted.

Sri Lanka had earlier selectively restricted arrivals from several European and Middle Eastern countries as well as Korea. (Colombo/Mar17/2020)