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    New Colombo - Jaffna air service from today Featured

    February 01, 2020

    A new Colombo-Jaffna direct flight will begin today under the government’s initiative of boosting domestic air services in the country. Accordingly, the government is also focusing attention on developing fight routes to Batticaloa, Mattala and Katunayake in the future.This ATR/72 aircraft provided by the Fits Aviation (Pvt) Ltdcan carry 70 passengers and will operate every Saturday, Monday and Wednesday. The flight leaves the Ratmalana airport at 7.30 am and reaches the Palali airport at 8.30 am.The flight will be operated to coincide with the arrival and departure of all alliance flights between Jaffna and Chennai. A one-way ticket between Colombo and Jaffna is Rs.7,500. and a round trip ticket would be Rs.15,000. Earlier, the cost of the round trip ticket was Rs.33,000.

    Following President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's Vision of Prosperity which was listed in the policy, manifesto had guaranteed the expansion of domestic aviation in the country.The attention had been drawn to develop domestic flight services between Jaffna, Batticaloa, Mattala and BIA. Also he said the upgraded airport in Palali was declared opened as Jaffna International Airport (JIA) following the policy manifesto.

    A 70-seat ATR 72 aircraft provided by the Fits Aviation (Pvt) Ltd will be deployed for this service. Three weekly flights will be operated on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays, with departure from the Ratmalana International Airport at 7.30 a. m and at 8.20 a.m from Jaffna.Accordingly, the inaugural flight will leave from Ratmalana to Jaffna while aiming the implementing of flight services between Jaffna and Chennai International Airport (MAA).



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