Jet Airways on Thursday announced a direct flight from Bengaluru to Colombo from January 5, 2017. With this, Bengaluru will be the second city, after Mumbai, from to be connected to Colombo. The airline will deploy a Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft on this route. The first flight to Colombo, 9W 278, will take off from Bengaluru at 0040 hrs and arrive in Colombo at 0210 hrs (Local Time). The flight 9W 277 will leave Colombo at 0310 hrs (LT) to arrive in Bengaluru at 0435 hrs (LT). Jayaraj Shanmugam, Chief Commercial Officer, Jet Airways, said “Jet Airways is delighted to launch a direct service between Bengaluru and Colombo. With increasing economic activity between India and Sri Lanka, Jet Airways realized the gap in the connectivity and plugged it with this direct connection. Guests between these two destinations will be offered the best in-flight product and service excellence.”
In 2015, air passenger traffic between India and Sri Lanka was close to one million and from Sri Lanka to India more than 963,000.0 Since there has been ongoing development in SAARC region and economic ties between India and Sri Lanka strengthening, air traffic growth is expected to increase in coming years.
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