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Jaffna International Airport: Commercial flights begin tomorrow

10 November, 2019

Alliance Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Air India will commence commercial flight operations from Jaffna International Airport to Chennai International Airport tomorrow.

An airline official said it will begin direct flight operations connecting the two cities on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The first flight will depart from Jaffna at 12.45 p.m. and arrive in Chennai at 2.10 p.m.

This flight is special in many ways. Apart from being Alliance Air’s maiden international foray, it connects Jaffna to India (Chennai) after a lapse of 41 years. Those flying from Jaffna have the option of connecting to Trichy, Madurai, Delhi, Trivandrum, Goa, Hyderabad, Kuwait, Muscat, Dubai, Sharjah over Chennai making air travel more convenient.

Alliance Air takes pride in connecting Sri Lanka to Chennai. Chennai is among the most-visited Indian cities by foreign tourists especially health tourists giving it a popular nickname of ‘India’s health capital’. Chennai is also nicknamed ‘The Detroit of India’, with more than one-third of India’s automobile industry being based in the city, an Alliance Air spokesman said. CMD Air India Group, Shri Ashwani Lohani said, “A proud moment – second airline in Air India group goes global.”CEO Alliance Air, Shri C.S. Subbiah said, “It brings us immense pleasure that after spearheading efforts connecting unique regional routes within India under UDAN, we now fly international, adding the beautiful island nation Sri Lanka in the aviation ambit of Alliance Air.

This will be the first nonstop service between Chennai and Jaffna.”

Jaffna–Chennai Fares start at $45 plus applicable government taxes/levies which would made it $53.

Alliance Air currently connects 53 destinations within India with 113 departures per day. Jaffna is the 54th and first International addition to the list of stations to Alliance Air’s ambit.

It is the constant endeavour of Alliance Air to bolster its network and soar higher connecting India and beyond, the CEO said in a release.