“Sri Lanka’s third international airport, the Jaffna International Airport (JIA), was declared open on Thursday (17 October), with an Alliance Air flight with Indian dignitaries landing from Chennai to mark the historic occasion.
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena inaugurated the Jaffna International Airport, at a function during which Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was also present.
The ATR72-600 short-haul flight was operated by Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India. This is Alliance Air’s first international flight.
Sri Lanka Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga, several other Ministers and Members of Parliament, Governor, Northern Province, Suren Raghavan, Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu, CMD, Air India, Ashwani Lohani, CEO, Alliance Air, C S Subbiah, Consul General of India in Jaffna, S Balachandran, members of the Tri-Forces of Sri Lanka, several officials from the Government of Sri Lanka and Government of India participated in the inaugural event, a statement from the Indian High Commission said. ”