Sri Lanka allows corporate jets, airliners to refuel at Matttala, Ratmalana

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is allowing corporate jets and airliners to land at Ratmalana and Mattala airports for re-fueling and crew rest under quarantine and health rules, the island’s Civil Aviation Authority said.

Crew members would be self-quarantined at a designated hotel near the airport following a health check, though it was not mandatory to provide a Corona free medical certificate.

A negative test result shows that the person was negative on that particular day.

All crew had to follow the following rules.

• Crew shall undergo thermal scanning at the airport.

• Crew shall hand over the duly completed Health Declaration Form to the Airport Health Office. After the necessary health clearance the crew will be permitted to enter Sri Lanka

• Crew is strictly instructed to self-quarantine in their rooms at location mentioned in the health declaration form (predetermined Hotel) and have meals only through in-room dining until they operate the next flight out of the Airport to their planned destinations under strict instructions given by the Ministry of Health and Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.

• Crew shall wear a mask when entering the airport and also when in contact with others inside the country.

• Each crew member shall maintain a distance of at least 01(one) meter with others.

• Crew shall practice hand hygienic measures.

• Crew shall be transported by an identified vehicle and vehicle cleaning measures shall be carried out by relevant agencies.

• Technical and cabin crew who arrive on flights other than the scheduled passenger flights to Sri Lanka should follow the procedures and hygienic measures adopted by the Sri Lankan government.

Qatar Airways is flying daily to Sri Lanka at the moment and airline staff now follow international health rules and also wear protective clothing.

Sri Lanka has made strong progress in containing Coronavirus though a weak testing regime for high riks frontline workers had led to an explosion of infections at a Navy camp and those on leave, which is also being contained. (Colombo/May22/2020)