Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Sri Lankan to operate more flights to India

Colombo: Under a more liberalised civil aviation policy between India and Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Airlines will operate a weekly flight to Coimbatore and Pune.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two countries on cooperation in civil aviation, originally signed in 2002, was renewed here at the end of two-day talks.
As per the new MoU, the Sri Lanka Airlines will operate an additional daily flight to Mumbai. Besides, the national carrier will be allowed to operate an additional daily flight to Bangalore from April 2008 once the new airport in the metro city is operational.
At present the Sri Lankan Airlines is allowed to operate on a daily basis to six Indian metropolises. In addition, India has permitted the carrier to make any number of trips to 18 designated tourist destinations. As a special case, the airline is given the facility to operate 15 flights to Chennai on a weekly basis.
11/10/06 B. Muralidhar Reddy/The Hindu
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