Friday, October 18, 2019

Erstwhile war torn Jaffna gets connected to India via air

New Delhi: President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday launched the Jaffna International Airport on Friday opening a new chapter in regional connectivity.
Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe was also present on the occasion. The inaugural flight with Indians landed in Jaffna airport from Chennai to mark the historic occasion.The ATR72-600 short-haul flight was operated by Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India.
This is Alliance Air’s first international flight. Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation of Sri Lanka, Arjuna Ranatunga, several other Ministers and Members of Parliament, Governor, Northern Province, Dr. Suren Raghavan, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, CMD, Air India, Ashwani Lohani, CEO, Alliance Air, C. S. Subbiah, Consul General of India in Jaffna, S. Balachandran, members of Tri-Forces of Sri Lanka, several officials from Government of Sri Lanka and Government of India participated in the inaugural event.
High Commissioner, in his address, noted that the bilateral relations between India and Sri Lanka have now truly touched the sky! He added that the inaugural flight was yet another example of India’s commitment to continue with people-oriented development projects in Sri Lanka. It was also a reflection of the shared commitment to further strengthen people-to-people ties between India and Sri Lanka, which lies at the heart of the bilateral relationship.
17/10/19 Dipanjan Roy Choudhury/Economic Times
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