Tourism Minister of Sri Lanka Prasanna Ranatunga has revealed that Ratmalana International Airport is set to welcome local airlines; Maldivian and Villa Air Flyme, as talks of possible connectivity has been discussed with these airlines. The airport will accommodate international flights from Maldives as well as flights from the southern region of India, said the SriLankan Minister.
Overseeing both domestic and international operations; commercial flights and corporate jets, Ratmalana Airport carries out work as a flying academy and is also used as a base for the Air Force.
He further said that around 9,000 Maldivians reside in nearby areas of Ratmalana, relocated for the purpose of studying and employment opportunities. They will benefit from this new connectivity, without needing to travel long distances to reach the airport.
In early September, Villa Air Flyme operated its first commercial international flight to Bandaranaike Airport, Sri Lanka. It was the first time the local airline has been launched into the international aviation platform.
The SriLankan Government has yet to announce the border reopening date for international travelers, as they remain closed in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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