South Korea, Sri Lanka grant fifth freedom traffic rights

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South Korea and Sri Lanka have updated their air service agreement, lifting restrictions and granting fifth freedom traffic rights.

Restrictions on the number of designated carriers, previously capped at two per country, have since been removed, says a senior official at South Korea's ministry of land, transport and maritime affairs.

Both sides have also agreed to grant fifth freedom rights to carriers from the two countries. Korean Air will be permitted to operate to Maldives via Colombo, while SriLankan Airlines will be permitted to operate a Colombo-Hong Kong-Seoul service, according to a statement from Sri Lanka's embassy in South Korea.

South Korean carriers, meanwhile, will be permitted to operate up to six weekly frequencies to Maldives, adds the official.

On 9 March, Korean Air launched a thrice weekly Seoul Incheon-Colombo-Male service, using Airbus A330-200 aircraft.