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Sri Lanka opts Ratmalana Airport over Bandaranaike for Maldivian flights

Ahmed Aiham
18 September 2020, MVT 11:35
The Ratmalana Airport in Colombo. PHOTO: SRI LANKA
Ahmed Aiham
18 September 2020, MVT 11:35

Sri Lankan Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga revealed that Ratmalana Airport, Colombo, will be utilized for flights arriving from Maldives instead of the main hub Bandaranaike International Airport.

During an interview with Sri Lankan media, Minister Ranatunga noted that discussions were underway with Maldives' two international airlines 'Maldivian' and 'FlyMe' over the opening of Sri Lankan borders and subsequent resumption of flights between the countries.

FlyMe's Managing Director Abdulla Nashid confirmed the reports.

The Sri Lankan government has also reduced the airport fees after authorizing the airport for international connections.

The Ratmalana Airport was the first International airport established in the country and is now primarily used for domestic and military affairs.

While Sri Lanka's borders continue to be closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister Ranatunga emphasized that borders would remain shut till the outbreak is 100 percent controlled.