Two new airlines begin flights to Sri Lanka

Two new airlines have begun flights to Sri Lanka while five others await approval, Manager Air Services and Traffic Rights at the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) Ishara Gunawardana said.

He said Ethiopian Airlines and Maldivian Airlines started operations to Sri Lanka last month.

Ethiopian Airlines mainly carry cargo and will also bring down UN officials to Sri Lanka, while Maldivian Airlines is currently operating to theMattala Rajapaksa International Airport for ship crew exchanges.

“GoAir, an Indian airline, has obtained the licence and is yet to start operations,” Gunawardena said.

The other airlines that await approval are Air Falcon which has already operated several cargo flights to Sri Lanka, Jazeera Airways from Kuwait that will bring in passengers, Jetstar, an Australian airline and Sky Capital Airlines from Bangladesh.

Gunawardena said Jazeera Airways will start operations on an ad-hoc basis in a few weeks

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