ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka and the Netherlands had inked an air services deal that will government flights of designated airlines from the two countries, the island’s embassy in The Hague said in a statement.
Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Netherlands Aruni Ranaraja and H. van Faassen, Acting Director General for Civil Aviation at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management signed the agreement.
The Agreement signed on 22 February 2023 comes into effect on the first day of the second month following the date of the latter replacing a 1953 instrument.
“While the agreement broadens avenues for leisure and business travel and enhance business interaction, it will also provide a speedier conduit for transfer of cargo,” the statement said.
“Sri Lanka has been a popular destination among the Dutch Travellers. 11,987 Dutch tourists have travelled to Sri Lanka in 2022, despite travel restrictions which prevailed during certain periods in the year.”
It will allow for flights between Katunayake and Amsterdam and beyond to third countries, the statement said. (Colombo/Feb23/2023)