Mihin Lanka closes

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Sri Lanka's second state-owned carrier Mihin Lanka has suspended all its operations, but hopes to resume services to all its destinations in June.

Mihin Lanka launched in April last year and flew two leased Airbus A320-family aircraft from Colombo to Bangkok in Thailand Dubai in the UAE Male in the Maldives Bodh Gaya, Trichi and Trivandrum in India and Singapore.

It then returned one of the aircraft and later the other, causing it to suspend all operations.

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Local reports say the second aircraft was wet-leased from Bulgarian carrier BH Air and it was returned at the end of April.

Sri Lanka's main national carrier is full-service operator SriLankan Airlines, which is partly owned by Emirates.

Mihin Lanka was established last year as a low-cost carrier and is named after Sri Lanka's president, Mahinda Rajapaksa.