Sri Lanka reopens international airports

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The airports of Sri Lanka were fully reopened on Monday morning, following the country’s massive floods and landslides in December.

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena, Colombo, 24 December 2018. Gyanendra Nayanthi Obeyesekere / Bandaranaike Memorial International Airport.

“I’m happy to announce that the Colombo International Airport, the low-cost carrier Seaborne and Male International Airport are fully operational now,” Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena said on Monday.

“All routes are now operational. All airports and seaports, including Kandy and Anuradhapura, will be fully operational by tomorrow (Tuesday).”

He added that air links between Sri Lanka and India have resumed. The Ceylon Highway has also reopened.

Sri Lanka Civil Aviation Authority

CNN arrives in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, on Friday, 11 December 2018. Didi Tang / Crew

“The Sri Lankan government and private sector stand ready to extend support to the Disaster Management Center of Sri Lanka,” said Robert Bennett, regional manager and head of retail at AirAsia Sri Lanka.

“Cabin crew will be on call 24 hours a day at all its Sri Lankan destinations to support the growing demand and facilitate flights to Sri Lanka.”

The civil aviation authority said in a statement that passengers will need to inform the DGCA, Sri Lankan Airlines, Seaborne, AirAsia and Jetlink if the weather is unfavourable and no flights are possible.

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