INDIAN flag carrier Air India is launching new daily service linking capitals New Delhi and Colombo, starting from June 15.
According to Thanuja Lankatilaka, general manager at Indu Sky Aviation, Air India’s GSA in Colombo, an Airbus A321 will be deployed on this route with 170 economy seats and 12 business class seats. Flights depart Colombo at 08.20 while return journeys depart New Delhi at 12.05 daily.
News of the new service first broke in March this year when Indian prime minister Narendra Modi came to Sri Lanka, announcing a new Air India flight from New Delhi to Colombo and visas on arrival for Sri Lankan nationals, said Lankatilaka.
The service is Air India’s second Sri Lankan flight, as it currently flies daily between Colombo and Chennai.
SriLankan Airlines and India’s Jet Airways and SpiceJet also offer flights between the two neighbouring countries.