Sunday, October 03, 2021

Sri Lankan Airlines resumes all-day service from Kochi to Colombo

Boosting global connectivity post-pandemic, the Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) emerged as the third-ranked airport in the country in terms of international traffic for three consecutive months (July to September 2021). 

CIAL, in a release here, said it anticipates a fairly high growth in international traffic for October as more foreign carriers schedule frequent services from Kochi -- the latest one being Sri Lankan Airlines, which started its daily operation to Colombo from Sunday. With this, CIAL handles 58 international arrival/departure aircraft operations a day for October.

S Suhas IAS, managing director CIAL, said that the airport witnessed significant growth in traffic during September and has scheduled more international flights for October. "We are optimistic as the world has started to see a revival in all sectors. Global aviation is also responding to it. We hope that our international connectivity will return to 70 percent of pre-pandemic levels in the coming month, while domestic aircraft movement will return to near normalcy in the upcoming winter schedule. As per the instruction of the chairman and board of directors, CIAL has rolled out several initiatives to increase connectivity," said Suhas.

With more airlines starting operations in the UAE sector, which eased travel regulations for passengers from India and enhanced European connectivity by scheduling three flights from and to London in a week, the traffic started to pick up gradually from August 2021.

03/10/21 New Indian Express

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