Monthly inbound flights reduced by 300: MR

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Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that the number of monthly inbound flights at the Bandaranaike International Airport has been reduced by 300.

Making a statement in parliament, he said artistes including film directors who had made movies for Vesak and those who were planning to put up pandals and other decorations for Vesak have also been affected.

Therefore, Mr. Rajapaksa said it was vital to have an overall economic management package to help those economically affected by the current crisis.

“The Easter Sunday attacks have delivered a blow to the economy other than killing a large number of people. The SMEs, self-employed, bus owners and three-wheeler owners have been affected as a result of this tragedy. Some have found themselves in a a fresh crisis as they are unable to pay loan installments. Fines have been added to the debt installments,” Mr. Rajapaksa said.