Sri Lanka seeks clearance from China to land rescue flight in Wuhan


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ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has sought permission from China to land a plane to evacuate 32 students and their families from the epicenter of a deadly virus outbreak, while state-run SriLankan airlines had halved ticket prices elsewhere for China.

“On the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday, the Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing today, submitted an application to land a Sri Lankan Airlines aircraft in Wuhan city airport to airlift 32 Sri Lankan students including their family members,” Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

“The Embassy is closely following up with the Foreign Ministry of China and Foreign Affairs Office of the Wuhan Province to expedite the process of obtaining clearance for the landing of the aircraft, as soon as they are allowed to travel out of their present locations.”

Sri Lanka has estimated that there are 860 students scattered around China.
State-run Sri Lankan Airlines said it was offering half price tickets from Chinese destinations for any citizens who want to fly out of the country.

The discount can be obtained for flights out of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou by calling 0094-777771979.

Sri Lankans in China can also contact the following numbers for assistance the foreign ministry said.

The Mission and the Posts are on a 24-hour operation to provide any assistance for Sri Lankans living in China, their parents and relatives.

Information can be received from the Mission by calling the hotline on 0086-10-65321861/2.

The following officers can also be contacted for queries about the Sri Lankans living in China and their relatives. The officers can be reached on a 24-hour basis on the following numbers:

Mr. Alexi Gunasekera, Minister (Commercial) Mob. 0086 13070138025
Brig. Kalpa Sanjeewa, Minister Counsellor (Defence) Mob. 0086 13051733302
Mrs. Inoka Weerasinghe, Second Secretary Mob. 0086 15116905523
Mrs. Thilini Gunaratne, Second Secretary Mob. 0086 13121722296

Mrs. Manorie Mallikaratchy, the Consul General of Shanghai can be contacted on 0086 13472771702 or Mrs. Geetha Perera, Attaché on 0086 159 0094 6639 to obtain information regarding Sri Lankans living in Shanghai, Anhui, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Hunan.

Mrs. Priyangika Dharmasena, the Consul General of Guangzhou can be contacted on 0086 18814134670 or Mrs. U.K.G.Roshini, Attaché on 0086 13902301874 for information regarding the Sri Lankans living in Guangdong, Fujian, Hainan, Guangxi, Jiangxi.

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