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Air agreement between Sri Lanka and Kenya

Jan 19, 2011 3:24:52 AM - itnnews.lk

Kenya has opened the way for local airlines to launch direct flights to Colombo, after it signed a bilateral air services agreement that allows access to its skies.

J.P. Dissanayake, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Kenya and Kenyan Transport Minister Amos Kimunya inked the agreement. Currently, for one to get to Sri Lanka, one has to go through Dubai before getting a connecting flight either directly to Colombo or through India. Mr. Kimunya said this agreement has laid the framework for direct access to the two economies that offer a combined market of over 60 million people,. He said their airlines can benefit immensely by launching services between the two countries.

Kimunya noted that the agreement is expected to open up trade opportunities between our two states especially trade in rubber products, processing and packaging of tea and the textile industry. Mr. Dissanayake said Kenya is an important getaway into East Africa and they hoped to use this agreement to encourage more business into the region.