Sri Lankans to be repatriated from UK

By Vyshnavy Velrajh

The Government says more flights will be operated to repatriate Sri Lankans stranded overseas due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Additional Secretary to the President for Foreign Relations Admiral Professor Jayanath Colombage told the Colombo Gazette that two flights will be operated by National Carrier Sri Lankan Airlines tomorrow (06) to repatriate Sri Lankans from the UK and Singapore.

The flight returning from the UK consists of Sri Lankan students, Government officials and dependents of Sri Lankan students.

A group of Sri Lankans stranded in Europe, Canada and the US have also been included in the flight returning from the UK tomorrow.

The flight returning from Singapore will carry only Sri Lankan students who were stranded in the country, he said.

Admiral Colombage explained that as cargo flights operated by Sri Lankan Airlines return empty, the Government organized the repatriation process to utilise the empty flights.

He further said Sri Lankan students stranded in Malaysia will be repatriated via a Sri Lankan Airlines flight scheduled for 10 May.

The Government is taking measures to schedule more flights to repatriate Sri Lankans stranded in countries such as Japan and Belarus, he added. (Colombo Gazette)

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