Dubai-based Emirates will resume daytime flights to Sri Lanka after all flights were suspended because of rebel airstrikes, the airline said Wednesday.
Emirates, along with Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific suspended flights to Sri Lanka after separatist Tamil Tiger rebels used light aircraft to bomb two fuel facilities close to the capital on Sunday. The rebels have so far carried out three airstrikes, all at night, flying small planes without lights to avoid detection.
"Following a review of the situation in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, Emirates will recommence services, during daylight hours only, on Friday," the airline said on its Web site.
The first-ever rebel aerial attack on March 26 targeted a military air base attached to Colombo's international airport, killing three airmen.
Separately, the Daily Mirror newspaper reported Wednesday that Cathay Pacific plans to operate flights Thursday and Friday to help passengers stranded by the canceled flights.
The Tamil Tiger rebels have been fighting since 1983 for a separate homeland for Sri Lanka's 3.1 million Tamils, an ethnic minority concentrated in eastern and northern Sri Lanka.
The Tamils have faced decades of discrimination from the Sinhalese, who make up a majority of the Indian Ocean island nation's 19 million people.
At least 69,000 people have been killed in the conflict.