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Night landing restrictions at Colombo’s International Airport lifted

( All tourism stakeholders welcomed the return to normalcy of Colombo’s International Airport at Katunayake. The 24 hour operation coming in to effect from July 1st, was announced a couple weeks ago to enable airlines to commence rescheduling their night flights into Colombo. The security authorities have confirmed that assertive action has been taken to protect the airport, leading to the enhanced confidence levels of the tourism industry when returning to the pre-closure scenario.

With the softening of travel advisories we are planning for some aggressive promotional activities to increase the bookings for the winter period ” said Sri Lanka Tourist Board’s Additional Director General - Marketing Dileep Mudadeniya.

Sri Lanka Tourism has many projects underway to boost the industry which has taken a beating in recent times. Travel and tour agents, hoteliers and all other industry stakeholders are gearing up to accelerate their campaigns and promotions targeting late summer holiday bookings and forward bookings for the winter high season.

The formal reopening of the Airport was spearheaded by Minister of Civil Aviation, Minister of Tourism, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Chairman and the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Airport and Aviation Services and the Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourist Board.

Minister of Tourism, Milinda Moragoda commenting on the development said that he expected the air lines to take a cue and return to flying the schedules that were in place before the night closure.

It is expected that all airlines flying into Colombo will soon avail themselves of the resumed facility. Sri Lanka Tourism can be hopeful, that efforts at projecting Sri Lanka as a holiday destination of choice in the traditional and new markets will begin to show results with the Bandaranaike International Airport once again a becoming hub of tourism activity, focussing on direct visits to Sri Lanka.

“All tourism associations welcomed the move and extensive communication programmes are now underway to let the world of travel know of the lifting of all restrictions” said Renton de Alwis, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourist Board. Chandima Rasaputra, Chairman of the Airport and Aviation Services, iterated that “proactive measurers have been set in place at the airport to ensure a delightful experience to all passengers at the airport, with the new facilities enhancement programme nearing completion.”

For more information contact: Ms. Prashanthi Ravindran, Asst. Director -PR Sri Lanka Tourist Board 80, Galle Road Colombo 03 + (9411) 243 7759 + (9411) 243 7061

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