Sri Lanka to renew flights from Jaffna to India in July: Aviation Minister

Sri Lanka will resume flights from the northern Jaffna peninsula to India subsequent month, Sri Lanka Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has stated, asserting that the transfer would assist the nation’s tourism business and assist in easing the Sri Lankan financial disaster.

The Sri Lanka Tourism Improvement Authority plans to draw 800,000 vacationers throughout the remainder of the 12 months.

“The northern Jaffna peninsula’s Palaly airport is to renew flights to India from subsequent month,” Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva stated on Saturday. Nevertheless, he didn’t specify a date.

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“Resuming the flights would enhance tourism and assist the nation within the present greenback disaster,” de Silva stated after inspecting the airport.

The current runway can solely accommodate 75-seater flights and subsequently must be prolonged, he stated.

He hoped for Indian help for runway enhancements.

The airport was named the Jaffna worldwide airport in October 2019. The primary worldwide flight to land there was from Chennai.

The 2019 redevelopment of the airport was funded by each Sri Lanka and India.

Earlier, India’s Alliance Air performed three weekly flights from Chennai to Palaly. Nevertheless, after a authorities change in Sri Lanka in November 2019, the flight operations have been halted.

Sri Lanka is at present going through its worst financial disaster since independence from Britain in 1948.

The financial disaster has prompted an acute scarcity of important objects like meals, medication, cooking gasoline and different gas, bathroom paper, and even matches, with Sri Lankans being pressured to attend in traces lasting hours exterior shops to purchase gas and cooking gasoline.

The island nation’s financial downturn was largely blamed on the COVID-19 pandemic with the island nation’s tourism income and inward remittances waning. 

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