Sri Lanka Airlines ready to start scheduled flights in June 1

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SriLankan Airlines is getting ready to resume scheduled flights by June if health authorities give the go ahead, Chairman Ashok Pathirage said as the carrier is battling to survive a Coronavirus crisis.

“We are working with Airport and Aviation Services to resume our scheduled commercial flights by the first of June,” Mr. Pathirage told an online forum organized by Sri Lanka’s National Chamber of Commerce.

“We can be ready, but it is up to the government and health authorities, as they will have to evaluate and tell us when this could be possible,” he said.

SriLankan stopped scheduled flights as airports closed and travel restrictions came in.

Mr. Pathirage said airports are gradually opening up. India had just given the nod to resume domestic flights.

“We have to learn to live with this pandemic. I do not think this is going to go away in three months. We have to take all the important measures and walk with this. We have to think about the economy and the government revenues side,” Mr. Pathirage noted.