Sri Lanka’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAASL) said on Monday it had granted approval for the Mattala International Airport and the Ratmalana Airport for international airlines and corporate jets to carry out technical landings, refueling and crew rest options as airlines worldwide look to restart operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to CAASL Chairman Upul Dharmadasa, crew members who wish to halt over for a rest can do so at a predetermined nearest hotel to the relevant airport and shall maintain self-quarantine at the respective hotels.
Several health guidelines will, however, have to be maintained including that international crew members shall undergo thermal scanning at the airport and are strictly instructed to self-quarantine in their hotel rooms and have meals only through in-room dining until they operate the next flight out of the airport to their planned destinations under strict instructions given by the Ministry of Health and CAASL.
Crew members have also been advised to wear a mask when entering the airport and also when in contact with others while in the country.
Sri Lanka closed its international airports for passenger arrivals in March in order to prevent a further spread of the COVID-19 as over 1,100 people have been infected to date.
Nine deaths have been reported from the virus in the country, the Health Ministry said.