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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 72

Reopening of the Bandaranaike International Airport, further Delayed

Reopening of the Bandaranaike International Airport, further Delayed

Reopening of the Bandaranaike International Airport, (BIA) is to be delayed may be till the last week of August 2020.

Accordingly, Government has decided to delay the August 1st reopening of the BIA.

This has been confirmed by Airport and Aviation Services Chairman, Major General (Rtd.) G.A. Chandrasiri as well as by Industrial Exports, Investments Promotion, Tourism and Aviation Minister Prasanna Ranatunga.

It is learnt that the decision was taken to assist the ongoing programme to repatriate Sri Lankans.

“Our earlier plan was to reopen the airport on the 1st of August. But we found that several Sri Lankans have registered with Sri Lankan missions overseas seeking to come back, so we need to give them priority,” Airport Aviation Services Chairman Major General (Rtd.) G.A. Chandrasiri has said.

Hundreds of Sri Lankans have returned to the country as the COVID 19 spread around the world and more are on the waiting list.

Chandrasiri said that the authorities will face an issue if the airport is opened for tourists while Sri Lankans continue to return.

As a result, a decision has been taken to delay the reopening by a few weeks.

“The airport is ready and prepared for the reopening but we will delay it by a few weeks,” he said.

In the meantime, Minister Prasanna Ranatunga says that the complete reopening of airports may be delayed due to the increased number of registrations to arrive in the country.

Previously it was targeted to reopen the airports in Sri Lanka from August 01 and the country will be open for tourists.

Considering that situation, the date of complete reopening may be postponed to after August 15 or towards the end of August, said the Minister.

- Asian Tribune -

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