Sri Lanka allows 12-hour transit at Colombo airport amid Covid-19 controls
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is allowing 12 hour transit at Colombo airport, the Indian Ocean island’s Civil Aviation Authority told carriers serving and connecting to the hub amid Coronavirus restrictions.
“Airlines are hereby informed that the maximum permitted transit time at BIA for any passenger transiting via BIA should strictly be not more than 12 hours,” the CAA said.
“The concerned passenger must strictly have a confirmed onward connection out of BIA to an onward destination.”
Only Qatar Airway is flying daily scheduled passenger flight to Colombo, where any remaining tourists can go.
Unlike other countries, Sri Lanka did not close the airport for outbound passengers and trap foreigners and others in the island.
Cathay Pacific and several other airlines are also operating cargo flights to the island, in addition to SriLankan.
SriLankan Airlines also operates rescue flights both for SriLanka and other countries. SriLankan was running scheduled flights to the UK and Japan until early April. The airport is also open for emergency and technical landings. (Colombo/Apr22/2020)