Sri Lanka president Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed to relavant authorities to make a strategic plan to rescue the students, and other persons in foreign countries, from coronavirus pandemic.
Accordingly, Following the arrival of 106 Sri Lankans from Pakistan today(22), another special SriLankan Airlines flight (UL 146) will bring back 101 Sri Lankans from Amritsar, India, tomorrown (23), the airline said.
SriLankan Airlines will thus operate special flights from Amritsar and Coimbatore (India) and Kathmandu (Nepal) to bring home more Sri Lankan students who have been stranded overseas due to the prevailing travel restrictions imposed in view of the COVID 19 pandemic. The two special flights, both on April 24, will bring back 117 Sri Lankans from Coimbatore on flight UL194 and 93 more from Katmandu on UL 1425.
These special flights are being operated as part of the Government of Sri Lanka’s programme to bring back Sri Lankan students stranded in foreign countries and are being carried out in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Airline earlier operated several such flights to bring home pilgrims and students stranded in several countries, including a group of students who were trapped in Wuhan during the early days of the pandemic. That was in fact only the fourth such flight permitted by Chinese authorities.
Sri Lanka’s High Commissions in these states have obtained permission from the respective civil aviation authorities to operate these special flights. The returnees will be handed over on arrival in Sri Lanka to the care of Sri Lanka’s health authorities, armed forces and other relevant institutions, for necessary procedures including disinfection and quarantine.
The SriLankan crew will observe all health regulations when operating these flights such as wearing PPE kits and disinfection of aircraft and personnel.
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