Air India to fly direct from Varanasi to Sri Lanka’s Colombo from August: Modi

ECONOMYNEXT – Air India will operate direct flights between the Sri Lankan capital Colombo and the Buddhist pilgrim site of Varanasi in India from August this year, visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

The announcement was made during Modi’s speech at the International Vesak Day celebrations in Colombo Friday.

The direct flights will ease travel to the land of the Buddha “for my brothers and sisters from Sri Lanka, and help you directly visit Sravasti, Kusinagar, Sankasa, Kaushambi and Sarnath,” Modi said, according to the transcript of his speech released by the Indian High Commission.

“My Tamil brothers and sisters will also be able to visit Varanasi, the land of Kashi Viswanath,” Modi said.

“I believe we are at a moment of great opportunity in our ties with Sri Lanka,” Modi said.

“An opportunity to achieve a quantum jump in our partnership across different fields. And, for us, the most relevant benchmark for the success of our friendship is your progress and success.”

Modi said India is committed to the economic prosperity of “our Sri Lankan brothers and sisters.

“We will continue to invest in driving positive change and economic growth to deepen our development cooperation.”

(COLOMBO, May 12, 2017)





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