Reconnecting

May 2, 2007 (AFP) – Dubai’s Emirates Airlines said on Wednesday it would resume day-time services to Sri Lanka which were suspended following Tamil rebel air raids near the island’s only international airport. Sri Lanka lost to Australia in Saturday’s final in Barbados. “Following a review of the situation in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, Emirates will recommence services on Friday,” a spokesman said.

The airline stopped its services shortly after Sunday’s latest rebel air attack.

Emirates said it would only fly to Bandaranaike International Airport — which shares a runway with the Sri Lankan air force — during daylight hours.

Emirates, which owns a 43.6 percent stake in the national carrier SriLankan Airlines, operates flights from Dubai to the Maldives, Singapore and Indonesia through Colombo.

The Dubai airline and Hong Kong’s flag carrier Cathay Pacific earlier suspended their flights to Sri Lanka after Tiger guerrillas flew light aircraft across the air space of the international airport and bombed oil depots.

In Sunday’s attack, a fuel storage tank was destroyed and two buildings suffered fire damage.

Cathay, Asia’s third-largest carrier, has yet to resume operations wh