Rossiya Airlines Halts Sri Lanka, Bali Flights

Rossiya Airlines, part of Aeroflot Group, has stopped flights from Moscow to Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Denpasar (Bali, Indonesia), the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) said on Tuesday, according to TASS.

All the flights after May holidays (the last flight will be on May 11) until July are canceled, ATOR said.

“The airline offers only one option to tourists – money refunds. At the same time, certain tourists have already flown to Sri Lanka at the end of April and are to return by mid-May. They also offered to have the refund within 30 days or take another connecting flight but with an extra payment by tourists, according to commercial tariffs,” the Association says.

Flights to Sri Lanka has been suspended in line with recommendations of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the country’s Federal Tourism Agency, an official spokesperson of Rossiya Airlines told TASS on Tuesday.

“The airline has made the decision to suspend flights to Colombo (Sri Lanka) for a month in accordance with recommendations of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Federal Tourism Service and in connection with the end of the tourist season,” the spokesperson said.

Flights to Denpasar “were suspended according to the plan in connection with the change in the path of routes related to the closing of airspace over Pakistan and in view of the decline in the seasonal demand for flights to this destination,” Rossiya’s spokesperson added.