COLOMBO, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's national air carrier, SriLankan Airlines is planning to resume flights to South Korea, China and Australia from August once the country's international airports open for foreign tourists, local media reports said here Tuesday.
Chairman of SriLankan Airlines, Ashok Pathirage told journalists that the airline plans to resume flights from August 1, but it may not go back to the same destinations.
"Our idea is to fly to destinations like China, which is much safer and we are also looking at new destinations like (South) Korea, Seoul," Pathirage said.
SriLankan Airlines is also planning to start flights into Sydney, Australia in addition to Melbourne which it was already flying to and is also looking at resuming flights to the Maldives which is expected to re-open for tourists in July.
SriLankan Airlines is already operating cargo flights to Seoul and over 20 other destinations.
The Sri Lankan government last week said it is aiming to open its international airports before the set time frame of August 1 as no community transmission of the COVID-19 has been reported in the country since late April.
The country closed its airports in March for passenger arrivals to prevent the spread of the virus. Enditem