Civil Aviation Authority issues new guidelines: Limit daily tourist arrivals to 2,500
By Anjali Caldera
There will be no restrictions on the number of passengers to be carried on Government organised repatriation flights for Sri Lankans abroad, once the Bandaranaike International Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport opens for commercial operations from 21 January, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said.
According to the statement issued for all airlines by Director General and CEO of CAA, Themiya Abeywickrama, the total number of passengers arriving for paid quarantine in terms of approvals granted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be limited to 750 per day. Furthermore, it was informed that an aircraft can carry a maximum of 75 passengers for paid quarantine with the rest of the seats to be filled with tourists.
Meanwhile, he also mentioned that the total number of foreign tourists permitted to arrive in Sri Lanka should not exceed 2,500 per day.
It has also been advised that all repatriation and tourist flights should adhere to guidelines of the COVID 19 Task Force, Ministry of Health and special guidelines from Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.