Sri Lanka brings back Buddhist pilgrims from India
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has flown back 700 Buddhists pilgrims from India while 871 were in India the foreign ministry said, despite the airport being closed for all incoming traffic from other countries on March 19.
As of March 19, 2020 at 1000 hours, a 871 Sri Lankan Buddhist pilgrims, belonging to 17 tours were stuck in India, at New Delhi and Chennai after Sri Lanka halted all foreign arrivals on March 19.
Sri Lanka’s military chief Shavendra Silva told reporters, SriLankan Airlines has been given special permission to bring them back.
In the meantime, SriLankan Airlines would be accommodating returning Sri Lankan pilgrims to the flights that are operating to Delhi and Chennai daily for transit passengers.
Another special flight was also planned.
Sri Lanka’s High Commission in New Delhi and the Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka in Chennai were helping to discuss with relevant airlines to change tickets.
These flights are scheduled to leave Delhi and Chennai daily at 18:30 hours. and 09:35 hours from March 19-25, 2020. (Colombo/Mar19/2020)