Taking Off

March 26, 2007 (LBO) – Sri Lankan Airlines will start operating flights delayed due to the temporary closure of the international airport following a Tamil Tiger air raid on the adjoining air force base from 10.00 am local time, the national flag-carrier said. In February Sri Lanka’s tourism arrivals slumped 18.3 percent.

Emergency Numbers

Passengers scheduled to depart on SriLankan Airlines flights after 1200 noon today, should call on 019 733 1919 or 019 733 2377.

For information on other airlines please call 2252861. The Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake re-opened at 03.30 am local time after Tamil Tiger light aircraft dropped at least two bombs on the nearby air force base, killing three airmen and injuring 16.

“All SriLankan Airlines aircraft, passengers and staff remain unharmed,” the airline said in a statement.

“Following an incident that occurred in the military controlled area of the airport, SriLankan flights diverted to other airports due to the Colombo Airport closure will now reposition to Colombo.”

Sri Lankan flights were diverted to Chennai, Dubai and Trivandrum.

Sri Lanka’s tourism industry already reeling from the renewed conflict would now receive