SriLankan Airlines will operate special flights from several cities in India, Pakistan and Nepal to bring back 433 Sri Lankan students who are stranded in these countries, the Airline said in a news release today.

The flights will operate from the Indian cities of  Amritsar and Coimbatore, Pakistani cities of  Karachi and Lahore and Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu to bring home the students who have been stranded overseas due to the prevailing travel restrictions imposed in view of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Accordingly, on 21 April 93 Sri Lankans from Lahore and 20 from Karachi are scheduled to return on flight UL1206. On 23 April a further 101 will be flown back from Amritsar on flight UL146. Two more special flights, both on 24 April, will bring back 117 Sri Lankans from Coimbatore on flight UL194 and 93 more from Katmandu on UL 1425.

The returnees will be handed over on arrival in Sri Lanka to the care of Sri Lanka’s health authorities, armed forces and other relevant institutions, for necessary procedures, the news release said.

These special flights are being operated as part of the Government’s programme to bring back Sri Lankan students stranded in foreign countries and are being carried out in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Airline earlier operated several such flights to bring home pilgrims and students stranded in several countries, including a group of students who were trapped in Wuhan during the early days of the pandemic.

Sri Lanka’s High Commissions in these states have obtained permission from the respective civil aviation authorities to operate these special flights, the Airline said.