Chennai airport closure forces SriLankan Airlines to cancel more flights
ECONOMYNEXT – SriLankan Airlines said it has been compelled to cancel more flights after Indian aviation authorities announced the aerodrome of the Chennai Airport will be closed for commercial operations till December 8.
A statement said the flights UL 121, UL 122, UL 127, UL128, UL 123 and UL 124 of December 6, UL 125, UL 126, UL 121, UL 122, UL 127, UL 128, UL 123, UL 124 and UL 125 of December 8 will not be operated.
SriLankan’s codeshare partner, Mihin Lanka’s flights MJ 129 and 130 have also been cancelled.
The national carrier said it will resume flights as soon as the Chennai Airport resumes operations.
SriLankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka have also arranged a special direct flight to bring back a group of 120 pilgrims stranded in Buddhist holy city of Bodh Gaya (Buddha Gaya) by the floods that have ravaged parts of India.
The pilgrims had been scheduled to travel by road to Chennai and fly to Colombo, but flooding shut down the Chennai airport, leaving them stranded in Bodh Gaya.
An Airbus A320 aircraft flown by budget carrier Mihin Lanka is scheduled to arrive in Bodh Gaya on the morning of Sunday, 6th December, and return to Colombo in the afternoon.
SriLankan’s Flight Operations Department has arranged the necessary permits and overflying clearances rapidly given the nature of the situation, it said. (Colombo/December 05 2015)