Sri Lanka has further delayed the reopening of its international airport here from the scheduled August 1, saying it has to make arrangements to bring back home Sri Lankan nationals stranded abroad.
Sri Lanka closed its international airports in mid-March following the outbreak of COVID-19.
The government was aiming to open its international airports by August 1 as no community transmission of the COVID-19 had been reported since late April.
However, Airports Authority Chairman Retired Major General GA Chandrasiri said the Colombo International Airport will not be re-opened on August 1 and it will be further delayed.
"The delay is due to the need to make arrangements to bring back home Sri Lankan expatriate workers," he said. ''We have already got down about 12,000 of them another 40,000 remain to be brought back," Chandrasiri said.
''The priority right now is to cater to them enabling their return," Chandrasiri added.
Sri Lanka recorded only 11 deaths from a little over 2,000 positive cases. No deaths reported since June 1.