No passenger boarded or disembarked flight in Colombo: Chinese Embassy

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The SriLankan Airlines flight in which with 23 passengers tested positive for COVID- 19 only landed in Colombo for technical purposes en route to Shanghai from Dubai on August 7, and no passenger boarded the aircraft or disembarked it here, a Chinese embassy spokesman said.

The spokesman said flight UL 866 had a stopover in Colombo only for refuelling, and none of the passengers disembarked it. He also said no passenger boarded the aircraft from Colombo.

He said 23 passengers tested positive for COVID-19 according to PCR testing conducted upon landing in Shanghai.

Meanwhile, Xinhua which is the official news agency of China Colombo reported yesterday that China’s civil aviation regulator had announced that SriLankan Airlines’ Colombo-Shanghai flight and two other airlines would be suspended after several passengers tested positive for COVID-19 on recent flights. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • BigEars Friday, 14 August 2020 12:51 AM

    Looks like now I see the connection in the earlier news item related to this news. So the is what the Sri Lanka government is up to behind our backs. They alway claim there are no sufficient aircrafts and crews to get back the stranded Sri Lankan migrant workers.

    Ram Friday, 14 August 2020 04:27 AM

    To suspend Sri Lankan for carrying Chinese with Covid 19 is unacceptable. They should have been check at the port of embarkation. We are yet to hear the new Minister handling the subject or what government wish to do about the suspension.

    Independent Friday, 14 August 2020 04:54 AM

    You came from Dubai to Colombo for refueling?

    saman Friday, 14 August 2020 06:22 AM

    How concerning Let us not forget COVID19 started in China. Pandemic could have been contained within Wuhan. We all know that happened to that.

    Mm Friday, 14 August 2020 06:26 AM

    Sri Lankan airlines should ask for a pcr test from passengers before boarding

    Concern Friday, 14 August 2020 06:49 AM

    Is China using our srilankan arilines now to bring there ppl..

    Sisil Sudesh Friday, 14 August 2020 07:48 AM

    What about the crew? Are they being quarantined?

    Akek Friday, 14 August 2020 08:01 AM

    This is the story from China. What is the story from the SriLankan Air lines? Do they contradict China’s story?

    sach Friday, 14 August 2020 10:07 AM

    JVP is spreading rumours, under whose payroll is JVP working?

    Nimal Friday, 14 August 2020 12:27 PM

    Hush, hush, Just listen to what Chinese masters say. Do not question. "there is a kind of a hush (to what Chinese say) all over the world"!!

    LMD2020 Friday, 14 August 2020 01:04 PM

    The SriLankan Airlines flight landed in Colombo for technical purposes en route to Shanghai from Dubai on August 7. Why this flight has UL 866 number? Sri Lanka airline says "no flight to China" for their citizen and provides flights for foreigners. Lol

    dickie bird Friday, 14 August 2020 01:13 PM

    Comments are by bankrupt political wags wagging tongues.

    SL in Qatar Friday, 14 August 2020 01:15 PM

    Yes I too think carrying out PCR tests 72 hours prior to departure should be made mandatory for anyone boarding any airline, this might be the next thing to ensure the health and safety of everyone. Many airlines slowly beginning operations have made it mandatory for each passenger to carry a certificate of health in regards to Covid-19 negativity, so why not Sri Lankan Airlines.


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