Russian tourists will be flooding Sri Lanka soon after re-opening its borders with the resumption of international flights following the easing current restrictions under the Covid-19 third wave crisis.
Former Russian Ambassodor Udyanga Weeratunge is to make his second attempt to review ailing tourism industry by injecting life blood with Russian government assistance.
Udayanga once accused of mig jet scam with a Interpol red notice has planned to bring down at least 2500 Russian tourists per month soon after the lifting of restrictions for foreign travelers arrival in to the island.
He has brought around 7000 Ukrainian tourists to Sri Lanka, under a tourism bio bubble during the peak of the pandemic last year.
He is now planning to bring Russian tourists’ under bio bubble to Sri Lanka very soon before the winter season confining them to the East of Sri Lanka, to the Pasikudah area where there are fewer people, informed sources said.
Discussions are underway between “Sri Lankan” and Aeroflot Airlines to resume at least flight per week to bring around 2500 Russian tourists per month using Aeroflot flights.
Strengthening the relationships between Russia and Sri Lanka, Aeroflot recommenced their direct operations to Bandaranaike International Airport on October 29 2018 with the SU 287 flight arriving from Moscow, Russia after its suspension ten years ago. .
A t that time arrangements have been made to operate five direct flights per week between Colombo and Moscow deploying state-of-the-art Airbus A330 aircraft, except on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
This Air bus service came to an abrupt halt following the closure of Katunaike International Airport owing to the intensity of Covid 19 pandemic.
Aeroflot (means air fleet), as Russian Airlines is commonly known, is the flag carrier and the largest airline of the Russian Federation. It is the fourth oldest airline in the world, which began operations in July 1923, and is a key member of the Sky Team airline alliance. It flies to 130 domestic and international destinations deploying a fleet of 243 aircraft.
Aeroflot initially commenced flights to Colombo in 1964, and is the second oldest airline that operated to Colombo. It has several subsidiary airlines including Rossiya Airlines, and also operates the Russian-made Sukhoi Super Jets.