India offers to commence flight connectivity with Batticaloa

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As part of its measures for further improving air connectivity with Sri Lanka, India has offered to develop the Batticaloa Airport for flight operations between regional destinations, Daily Mirror learns.

During the term of the last government, flight operations commenced between the Jaffna International Airport which was formerly known as the Palali Airport and Chennai.

According to Industrial Exports, Investment Promotion, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu offered to extend air connectivity between Indian cities and Batticaloa.

The airport was set up in 1958. However, the Airforce took control of the airport on March 27, 1983, due to the war situation. Recently, it was gazetted as an international airport. Currently, domestic flights are operated from the airport.

Minister Ranatunga has already sought a report from the Civil Aviation Authority containing recommendations for the development of the airport for international flight operations.

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  • Mm Monday, 30 December 2019 10:41 AM

    And then India can smuggle in the terrorists, weapons, gold and the Kerala ganja easily.

    vithura Monday, 30 December 2019 03:54 PM

    Excellent idea as Tamils of East would appreciate it very much!

    M. Shuaib Hussain Monday, 30 December 2019 04:10 PM

    Very good Initiatives to improve tourism, for the regular passengers travelling between India and Batticaloa and to be a profitable Airport.

    Vernon Monday, 30 December 2019 04:25 PM

    Sri Lankan airlines also should be able to dominate such routes, by having suitable air crafts (small), which then can cater for domestic routes also. There should be UL flights Jaffna - Ratmalana - Baticaloa to Indian destinations

    Mandayan Monday, 30 December 2019 04:40 PM

    MM, if so, try can do so via BIA too. Are you insulting our officials?


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