Sri Lanka to see Cathay flights from March

Feb 11, 2008 (LBO) – Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways will resume daily flights to Sri Lanka from March, after security was tightened at the island’s international airport, the airline said Monday. CX711 departs Hong Kong at 16.15 and arrives in Sri Lanka at 22.45, while the return CX710 service departs Colombo at 00.15 on the following day and lands in Hong Kong at 12.15. The airline stopped flying to Colombo’s Katunayake airport after Tamil Tiger guerrillas raided a nearby military base using modified aircraft last April.

“The airline did a thorough audit before making the decision to resume flights and is confident that new security measures in place at Colombo airport meet the airline’s exacting safety requirements,” Cathay said in a statement.

Cathay will fly via Bangkok every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and via Singapore on other days using Boeing 777-300 equipment.