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GCC Airlines Flock To Colombo As Sri Lanka Opens For Business

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A number of airlines from GCC countries have announced the resumption of flights to Colombo in the last week after one of the world’s tourist hot spots opened for business recently.

Sri Lanka opened to tourism on 21 January and has since seen Gulf Air, Jazeera Airways, flydubai and Air Arabia announce flights to its capital city.

Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways will for the first time operate direct flights twice a week to Sri Lanka and will increase the frequency of the service “progressively”.

Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, will resume direct operations to Bandaranaike International Airport with two weekly flights starting from Monday on its new Airbus A320neo aircraft.

Air Arabia will resume direct flights between Sharjah and Colombo from 2 March. Emirates is already operating to Sri Lanka while flydubai will resume flights on Wednesday.

Rohit Ramachandran, Jazeera Airways’s CEO, said: “Despite the current global situation for the airline industry, we are launching our first new destination for the year to serve a resilient demand for travel, especially to destinations with strong safety and health measures.

“We are now able to serve the Sri Lankan community in Kuwait as well as tourists to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has also in place strict health and safety measures against the Covid-19 pandemic which travellers should abide by and confirm before traveling.”


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