ECONMYNEXT - India's IndiGo, a fast-expanding budget carrier said it will fly to Sri Lanka's capital from Chennai and Bangalore, making it the Gurgaon based airlines 08th international destination.
"We are hopeful that these new flights will provide affordable and unmatchable travel experience to our passengers across the country and beyond," Sanjay Kumar, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo said in a statement.
Indian tourists and workers could use the flights, he said.
Malinga Arsakularatne, Managing Director of Hemas Leisure Travel Aviation Group, general sales agents for IndiGo said he expected fast passenger growth.
IndiGo (InterGlobe Aviation) set up in 2006, InterGlobe Enterprises of Rahul Bhatia and Caelum Investments, a US based firm of Rakesh Gangwal, a non-resident Indian.
The airline is one of the fastest growing in the world and has a fleet of 150 Airbus A320 aicraft.
The de-regulation of the Indian aviation sector and the breaking of the monopoly of Indian state airlines had led to an explosion in air travel and falling real prices.
Private Indian airlines were first allowed to fly abroad following a request by trade negotiators of Sri Lanka's government in 2001, who wanted more seats available to bring tourists in after the island allowed visa free entry to Indians.
IndiGo will fly twice day to Colombo from Chennai (0655 am and 12.00 noon) and return from Colombo at 0915 am and 14.25 pm.
The flight from Bengaluru will leave at 1800 and return from Colombo at 2030. (Colombo/Jan09/2018)