Dhaka: Colombo-based SriLankan Airlines has announced to suspend all passenger flights effective April 8-21 due to travel restrictions imposed by governments around the world over coronavirus concerns.
The latest move, however, exempts cargo and repatriation flights of the airline.
The airline said in a statement that it is “constantly reviewing the market conditions and the restrictions imposed by various authorities and will be ready to recommence its operations at short notice even before the April 21, in the event such restrictions are lifted”.
Despite various challenges faced by the airline throughout its four-decade tenure, this is by far the most difficult and unfortunate period that the airline is passing, similar to all its counterparts across the globe and communities in general, the statement added.
“As done in the past and ever since the outbreak of the pandemic, the airline has been fulfilling its duty as the national carrier by reaching out to fellow Sri Lankans seeking passage home and uplifting essential items such as medical aid. The airline is fully prepared to steer any national endeavour expected of it, thus playing its role in Sri Lanka’s efforts to combat COVID-19,” the airline concluded.