Monday, July 10, 2023

Daily flights from Chennai to Sri Lanka's Jaffna from July 16: Union Civil Aviation Minister

Colombo: Union Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia has announced that the frequency of flights between Chennai and Sri Lanka's Jaffna will be increased from four times a week to daily services from July 16.

The daily flights from Chennai to Jaffna will also amplify trade and commerce between India and Sri Lanka, Scindia noted.

The Union Civil Aviation Minister made these remarks in a pre-recorded message on day-2 of the 67th Annual Convention of the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), being hosted in Colombo.

In his address, he underscored the strong cultural and trade relations between India and Sri Lanka.

"Delighted to virtually share my thoughts on the state of the Indian #aviation sector and its emergence as the key pillar of national progress at the 67th Annual Convention of @TAAI1951, Sri Lanka. Also highlighted the strong cultural and trade ties between India & Sri Lanka that have been marked by cooperation in the field of commerce, infrastructure development and connectivity," tweeted Scinida.

At the convention, he said, "Prior to 2014, India's aviation sector was on the runway. In the last nine years, it has finally taken off. A stable and competitive aviation sector is on the angle. I believe that our partnership with Sri Lanka gives us a rare opportunity to undertake several reforms to address short term challenges in the sector and become an important access of power and influence in the global aviation ecosystem."

He added that the first air service agreement between the two countries was signed in 1968, allowing Indian carriers to operate aircraft from any point in India to any point in Sri Lanka, which enhanced the connectivity in the Global South.

10/07/2023 ANI/New Indian Express

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