President Vladimir Putin has ordered the government of Russia to increase the number of flights between Sri Lanka and Russia.
The Russian President amidst the resumption of flights of Russia’s largest charter airline, Azur Air today to Sri Lanka, urged “the Government of Russia to increase the number of flights between Russia and friendly states”.
Sri Lanka welcomed the first Azur air flight with 335 passengers onboard at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, this morning (3).
In early June, Russia halted flights to Sri Lanka after an A330-300 operated by Russian flag-carrier Aeroflot was detained post an order issued by the Colombo Commercial High Court over a legal dispute with an Irish leasing vehicle Celestial Aviation Trading.
Due to strong opposition by Russia, the Lankan government intervened and released the flight and guaranteed that no Russian flights would be grounded.
However, Russian airlines were reluctant to return to Sri Lanka until the 10th of October when an Aeroflot flight resumed flights between Moscow and Colombo.
Minister of Tourism Harin Fernando tweeted: “Russian charter @azurairline touched down today at BIA with 335 passengers on board. The airline will operate 4 flights a week and Aeroflot with 3 flight a week which will make upto 7 flights weekly. Most seats already sold out upto end Jan 2023.”
The Tourism Ministry also announced that Air France, the flag carrier of France will resume flights to Sri Lanka from tomorrow (4).
Minister Fernando in a Twitter message said Switzerland’s national airline, Swiss International Air Lines, is scheduled to resume operations with weekly flights starting from November 10 to May.