Second Landing

April 4, 2007 (AFP) – Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways Wednesday said it will resume flights to Sri Lanka after suspending services following a rebel attack on an airbase next to the island’s only international airport.

“Safety is always our top priority,” chief operating officer Tony Tyler said, adding that Cathay would resume services from April 22.

Cathay, Asia’s third largest carrier, suspended services in March after the Air Tigers dropped bombs during a pre-dawn attack on the airbase.

It was the first such air sortie by the Tamil Tigers. The main airport was also closed for three hours following the attack to ensure the safety of passengers and civilian aircraft.

Cathay said the airline acted out of concern for the safety of its passengers and crew.

“Now that enhanced security measures are being put in place, we are happy to be able to resume flights to the country,” Tyler said in a statement. Before the suspension, Cathay operated daily flights to Colombo from Hong Kong.