Mar 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Civil Aviation Authority informs that all Sri Lanka airports will be closed for operation for six days from Thursday, 19 March.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday has advised the closure of the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake for two weeks with effect from Wednesday (18).
The Civil Aviation Authority informed all online and offline carriers that according to instructions received from Sri Lanka Health Authorities all international Airports in Sri Lanka will be closed for operation of inward international commercial passenger flights (i.e. arrivals) with effect from 0400hrs on 19 March 2020 (local time in Sri Lanka) until 2359hrs on 25 March 2020 (local time in Sri Lanka).
The closure will be reviewed by the Sri Lanka Authorities.
During the above mentioned restricted period the following will be permitted:
Aircraft Departures with passengers originating from Colombo, Stop overs, transit passengers or visiting tourists
Emergency Diversions to BIA
Freighter Operations and humanitarian flights to BIA
Technical landings at BIA
Inbound ferry flights (without passengers) at BIA
Airlines are strictly instructed to follow the above instructions
The Director General of Civil Aviation inform all online and offline carriers that acceptance of any passenger desiring to transit via BIA should strictly be on the basis that the concerned passenger has a confirmed onward Connection out of BIA to an onward destination.
The Director General of Civil Aviation also inform all online and offline carriers that the maximum permitted transit time at BIA for any passenger transiting via BIA should strictly be not more than 6 hours. The concerned passenger must strictly have a confirmed onward Connection out of BIA to an onward destination.