30 Mar 2007
Cathay Pacific Airways is reviewing security measures in Colombo and will make a decision as early as next week on whether, and when, to resume its services to Sri Lanka’s capital city. An announcement will be made for the travelling public and industry partners once a service-resumption date is confirmed.
On Monday, 26 March, the airline took the decision to suspend its flight operations to and from Colombo following the closure of the airport earlier that day after a raid at a nearby military airbase.
Safety is a top priority at Cathay Pacific and the airline is actively coordinating with the relevant authorities to ensure that all security measures are in place before resuming its daily flight to and from Sri Lanka.
Cathay Pacific Chief Operating Officer Tony Tyler said: "While safety is our overriding concern, Cathay Pacific remains committed to Sri Lanka and hopes to resume services as soon as possible. We would like to thank the Sri Lankan authorities for their ongoing support while we review the situation."
Special ticketing arrangements have been put in place for Cathay Pacific passengers following the suspension of services. All cancellation, refund, rebooking and rerouting charges are waived for all tickets issued worldwide on or before 26 March 2007 for travel involving Colombo on or before 30 April 2007.