Sri Lanka, India making progress in resuming flights under ‘air bubble’
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka and India is making progress on an ‘air bubble’ between the two countries, Deputy High Commissioner Vinod K Jacob has said.
“We had sent a proposal in August 2020 and I am happy to inform that we have just received the response from the Sri Lankan side,” he told a business forum organized by the International Chamber of Commerce, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and Sri Lanka’s Daily FT newspaper.
Indian tourists are already visiting the Maldives under the air-bubble.
Sri Lanka’s Aviation and Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga is expecting to discuss resuming flights between India and Sri Lanka with health authorities and the anti-Covid task force, state run Daily Mirror newspaper said.
India used to be Sri Lanka’s largest source of tourists before the airports were closed in March to contain Coronavirus.
Sri Lanka also expanded air-links with India with international flights to Jaffna airport.
Sri Lanka is now operating a system for any tourists to visit by engaging in a series of Coronavirus tests and a 12 dollar health insurance.
However tourism officials have said the cost is high for PCR tests, compared to India. (Colombo/Feb11/2021)