Local News Sri Lanka: The opening of the Katunayake International Airport to tourists may be delayed, said Prasanna Ranatunga, Minister of Industry and Export, Investment Promotion, Tourism and Aviation.
While action has been taken to open the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport by August 01, the minister said a large number of expatriate staff have asked to return to the country and more time is needed to bring them back to Sri Lanka.
“About 50,000 migrant workers have applied to return to Sri Lanka. They are registered in embassies. The President is of the opinion that they should all be taken to Sri Lanka. The President said people would be safe even if brought in. Hence we do so very carefully. We’ll keep on getting them back in the future. All those who come to get a PCR check are obligated to do so. The results will take several hours to complete after the PCR teat. Thus this task will take longer than we thought, “said the Minister.
“Our aim was to bring in tourists by August 1st. Open the airport. But in this scenario, we will have to completely open the airport after August 15 or by the end of August. But the attempt to open the airport on August 1st has not been completely abandoned. But it may be a little late in this situation,” the Minister added.