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EMIRATES TO RESUME DAY LIGHT FLIGHTS

EMIRATE AIR LINES WHICH SUSPENDED ITS FLIGHTS TO COLOMBO TO RESUME ONLY DAY LIGHT FLIGHTS

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Emirate Air Lines of Dubai that suspended its flights to Colombo’s international Air Port since the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) made a mid night air raid in the city said it is resuming only its day time flights.

"Following a review of the situation in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, Emirates will recommence services Friday,"said a statement by the Middle Eastern Air Line.

The Emirates Air Lines is only following Singapore Air Lines which suspended its flights to Colombo and resumed only its day light flights.

The Middle Eastern Air lines were sold 43.6 per cent of shares of Sri Lankan Air Lines by the government of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike after the country scrapped the former national flag carrier, Air Lanka.

The Emirates Air Lines recently caught headlines when the Sri Lankan cricket runners up at the World Cup match in West Indies were stranded in London due to the cancellation of flights by the Emirates Air Lines. The cricketers now will use another airline to come home.
The Air Line uses Colombo to fly to destinations such as Maldives, Singapore and Indonesia.

The Emirates Air Lines totally suspended its flights to Colombo with the Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific stranding the hundreds of passengers. Cathay Pacific which suspended its flights for the second time, is yet to resume its flights.

Cathay Pacific, Singapore and Emirates carry 46 per cent of all air travelers to Sri Lanka.

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May 3, 2007 - Posted by | International News

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