SriLankan to resume night operations

DUBAI — SriLankan airlines has announced plans to resume its night-time operations by September 15. The announcement came after civil aviation authorities recently lifted its ban on airlines’ night operations as security concerns at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) have already been properly addressed.

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Published: Mon 16 Jul 2007, 8:59 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:10 AM

In a statement, al spokesperson for SriLankan airlines said that the carrier is “currently reviewing its operations and expects to revert to its original schedule, which includes night time operations by September 15.”

The spokesperson explained that being Sri Lanka’s national carrier and operating 181 flights per week from its hub at the BIA, there were certain practical and operational issues that needed to be addressed first before they could push through with their plans in mid-September.

“The airline emphasised that its daytime operating schedule had been extended until September in order to ensure a degree of certainty to its passengers during this peak season for holiday traffic, particularly Sri Lankans visiting family and friends. A sudden change especially during this period could cause severe disruptions to travel plans resulting in loss of onward connections on other airlines which are also experiencing heavy loads at this time,” the spokesperson wrote.

SriLankan has also been engaging in discussions with its insurers regarding the anticipated recommencement of night time operations. It has likewise strengthened its efforts to boost inbound traffic.

Meanwhile, Peter Hill, chief executive officer of SriLankan, added that they were working closely with the Sri Lankan Tourist Board and other travel industry partners on various initiatives to promote traffic into Sri Lanka.

“Although night-time operations were suspended in May 2007, the current daytime operating schedule had resulted in the cancellation of only eight regional (short haul) flights out of 181 flights a week operated by the airline prior to the suspension of night operations at BIA. This has ensured that travel to Sri Lanka was facilitated without any significant interruption or reduction in capacity,” Hill said.

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