Sri Lanka evacuates nationals from Thailand through military base

December 3, 2008 (AFP) – Sri Lanka operated special flights to a Thai military base to evacuate all its 378 nationals stranded in Thailand due to political protests, acting foreign minister Hussein Bhaila said Wednesday. The country’s national carrier, Sri Lankan airlines, operated flights to Thailand’s U-Tapoa airbase and completed the evacuation of all its known nationals by Tuesday, the minister said. With Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi international airport and domestic hub Don Mueang occupied by thousands of protesters, Colombo had last week arranged for a smaller group of its nationals to travel by road to neighbouring Malaysia for connecting flights home.