The Government has indefinitely postponed the re-opening of the Bandaranaike International Airport for incoming leisure and business travelers. Previously, the authorities expected to reopen the BIA in mid-August, but due to the sudden increase in COVID-19 cases within the country in July, it was postponed further to September. Relevant recommendations on reopening of the airports had been made to the Cabinet as well as to COVID-19 Prevention Task Force Committee. “The top priority of the Government is to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to repatriate Sri Lankans still stranded in various parts of the world,” the Minister said. Tourism and other sectors too agree proper re-opening of BIA could be deferred until repatriation of Sri Lankans overseas is completed. The continuous increase in global COVID-19 cases remains a key concern for the travel and aviation industry which are the most hit by the pandemic. In addition to the National Carrier, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad and Turkish Airlines are currently operating to Colombo as repatriation, cargo and departure flights. Qatar Airways is operating daily flights, while Emirates has three departure flights a week on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Etihad has two departure flights a week and Turkish Airlines is mainly catering to cargo, while it also has departure passenger flights depending on demand.
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