ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has limited the number of inbound passengers and crew aboard all international airlines to 75 for the next two weeks starting May 03.
“Due to the COVID-19 situation all airlines are informed to limit their passengers to Sri Lanka to 75 per aircraft (including crew members),” the CAA said in a statement today.
Director Operations Aviation Services Shehan Sumanasekara told EconomyNext that, as directed by Sri Lanka’s national COVID-19 task force, the situation will be reviewed at the end of the two week period and necessary arrangements will be made to either ease out the restriction or continue it.
Sri Lanka’s airports, predominately the Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport has been used by many regular charter flights carrying in post-COVID-19 tourists since January.
Some of the airlines that were operating regular or occasional charter flight are SriLankan, Qatar, Etihad, Emirates, IndiGo Airlines, Maldives Air, Ukraine International, SkyUp Airlines, Turkish Airlines, China Eastern, Oman Airlines, Singapore, Kuwait Airways and Salam Airways, AirAstana and SCAT Airlines from Kazakhstan.
Sri Lanka has issued a Level 03 COVID-19 alert with cinemas, bars closed, supermarkets, retail, banks to operate at 25 percent capacity and hotels at 50 percent from May 01 as daily COVID-19 cases hit a new high of 1,716 cases. Weddings have been banned until May 20, from May 04.
Many villages in the country have been put under surgical lockdown while tourists have been advised to take precautions and are not permitted to travel.
According to news reports, tourists who are currently in isolated areas in the country have been advised to stay at their place of accommodation and are not permitted to travel.
Locals are too not allowed to travel,
Prior to the post-new-year outbreak, tourists were allowed to go into the community if a 7-day PCR test upon arrival was negative.