Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Chennai-Jaffna air link to resume this week

After several decades, this southern metropolis will on Thursday get re-connected by air with Jaffna, the capital city of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-dominated northern province, with Air India’s subsidiary set to launch daily direct flights between the two cities.
The resumption of an air link between Chennai and Jaffna is a major leap in the efforts by India and Sri Lanka to boost people-to-people contact between the close neighbours.
The daily flight to be operated by Alliance Air, a subsidiary of the national carrier, is expected to enhance trade and business in Jaffna peninsula, which is slowly getting back to its feet after a bloody civil war that lasted for three decades.
Jaffna and Chennai are geographically, historically and culturally close to each other and a direct flight would help Sri Lankan diaspora in India avoid Colombo to reach the North as it consumes more time. Currently, they fly have to fly to Colombo and take another flight or travel by road or rail to reach the far-away northern province. The flying time between Chennai and Jaffna will be less than an hour.
15/10/19 ETB Sivapriyan/Deccan Herald
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