Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Violence hits Deccan Lanka's plans

New Delhi: The growing violence in Sri Lanka has forced Capt GR Gopinath to ground plans to start a low-cost airline in the island nation.
Deccan Lanka, in which Deccan Aviation holds a minority 48% stake, was among the three private airlines to have been approved by Sri Lankan government to operate international flights. Set up on the lines of Air Deccan, Deccan Lanka has been designated as an international airline to operate flights to points in India, besides Dubai, Singapore and Bangkok.
Initially, Deccan Lanka planned to operate flights from Colombo to Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Trichy, Madurai and Coimbatore.
17/10/06 Byas Anand/Times of India