Suriname closes its international airport after first Covid-19 case

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The Republic of Suriname closed its international airport, Johan Adolf Pengel International – also known as Paramaribo-Zanderij (IATA: PBM) – after the country confirmed its first COVID-19 case on Friday March 13.

A statement issued by Caribbean Airlines said the airport is closed until Saturday March 21, but that date may be extended if the authorities deem it necessary.

However, the government is still allowing some services to operate under specific circumstances. Arriving flights may only accommodate Surinamese residents, while departures can only carry non-Surinamese nationals. Passengers booked to travel with Caribbean Airlines during the closure dates can re-book their tickets in the same cabin for travel up June 30, 2020, but they must contact the airline before their scheduled date of travel.