National carrier, SriLankan Airlines announced the suspension of operations between Sri Lanka and Moscow, Russia with effect from yesterday, due to operational restrictions that are outside of the airline’s control.
“The restrictions are in the form of international financial and aircraft insurance limits which have been imposed on Russia due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, and directly impact SriLankan Airlines’ flight operations to Russia. Accordingly, SriLankan Airlines will cease operations to Moscow until further notice,” the airline noted in a statement.
As per provisional data released by the Tourism Ministry yesterday, Sri Lanka has received 37,355 Russian travellers as of 27 March, amidst the challenges emanating from the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.
SriLankan Airlines expressed regret for any inconvenience caused to customers by this decision taken on account of a force majeure situation.
“SriLankan will continue to monitor the situation in Russia, and hopes to restart operations once conditions improve,” the airline said.
SriLankan Airlines operated two weekly flights between Colombo and Moscow before the cessation of operations.