Special flights to be operated to repatriate stranded students

National Carrier Sri Lankan Airlines is set to operate special flights to repatriate 443 Sri Lankan students stranded overseas due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Issuing a press release, the Sri Lankan Airlines said the special flights are being operated as part of measures taken by the Ministry of Foreign Relations to bring back Sri Lankans stranded overseas.

The flights will be operated to and from Amritsar and Coimbatore in India, Karachi and Lahore in Pakistan, and Kathmandu in Nepal. 

Sri Lankan Airlines said the first special flight will be operated today and will repatriate 93 students from Lahore and 20 students from Karachi in Pakistan.

Another 101 students from Amritsar in India will be brought back via a special flight operated on Thursday (23).

Two separate flights will operate on Friday (24) to repatriate 117 students from Coimbatore in india, and 93 Sri lankan students from Kathmandu in Nepal.

Sri Lankan Airlines added that all students repatriated via the special flights authorized by the Government and the Civil Aviation Authority will be handed over to health officials and Tri- Forces personnel upon landing. (Colombo Gazette)

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