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India and Sri Lanka restore flight services between Chennai and Jaffna, 3 years after COVID

After a three-year hiatus due to the spread of the COVID pandemic, India and Sri Lanka resumed air services between Chennai and Jaffna on Monday, which is likely to help Sri Lanka’s cash-strapped tourism sector.

By wasmulhaq 
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Chennai: After a three-year hiatus due to the spread of the COVID pandemic, India and Sri Lanka resumed air services between Chennai and Jaffna on Monday, which is likely to help Sri Lanka’s cash-strapped tourism sector.

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The first flight following the restoration of services touched down at the Jaffna International Airport this morning, according to Upul Dharmadasa, the Chairman of the Airport and Aviation Services.

The Alliance Air flight arrived in Jaffna around 11:25 am local time, according to airport officials. A little ceremony was held to greet the flight, which was carrying 14 special passengers, largely officials.

The return to Chennai was scheduled for 2.50 pm local time.

Four times a week, Alliance Air would offer service between the two cities.

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The Jaffna International Airport in Palaly, Sri Lanka, became the country’s third international airport and welcomed its inaugural aircraft from Chennai.

Both Sri Lanka and India contributed financially to the airport’s redevelopment in 2019.

Sri Lanka always tries to promote the tourism sector because it is the key source of earning foreign exchange. The country has been passing through a financial crisis at the moment. The tourism sector was badly hit due to the COVID pandemic in 2020, which was one of the reasons behind the country’s economic travails.

The resumption of flights from India to Sri Lanka will certainly help Sri Lanka improve its tourism sector.

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