Sri Lanka has always acted responsibly in placing the highest priority on the safety aspects of the tourists, said Sri Lanka Tourist Board Chairman Renton de Alwis.
`Although the recent restrictions over airline operations may cause some degree of inconvenience to some passengers and airlines in making connections, the positive impact of having addressed the safety issue far outweighs all other concerns. Lankan Tourism commends this proactive move,` he said in a press release, yesterday.
Sri Lanka`s Civil Aviation authorities will impose a night time restriction of landing and takeoff of commercial aircraft from 10.30 pm to 4.30 am beginning May 10, 2007 at the Katunayake International Airport.
This is a measure to ensure the safety of airline passengers from any threat of terrorist activity using the night skies.
The government, Civil Aviation authorities and Sri Lanka Tourism all place assuring the safety of travellers to Sri Lanka on top of its priority agenda and the current initiative is another step towards achieving this objective, according to de Alwis.
`This is a proactive move to ensure that we address the safety concerns of all our operations in all sectors of the tourism industry,` de Alwis said.
Civil Aviation Acting Director General Parakrama Dissanayake said that this action will address concerns of airlines after the recent incidents that required activation of air defence systems close to the airport.
Airlines, hoteliers and tour operators are working in unison under the umbrella of Sri Lanka Tourism to manage the recent fall out situation and have expressed confidence in a gradual recovery.
Several proactive measures are being taken by the tourism industry to offset the impact and move forward to build confidence retaining the credibility of destination Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, SriLankan Airlines has decided to re-schedule all its flights following the closure of Colombo airport during the night. It will be rescheduling its flights to operate between 5.00 am and 9.00 pm to and from Colombo International Airport with immediate effect until further notice,` the airline said in a statement.
SriLankan said it was already contacting passengers travelling in the next 48 hours and asked them to contact the airline on 0197335500 for more information.