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IndiGo expanded its international footprint by adding Colombo, Sri Lanka to its route network. With this Colombo becomes the 8th international and 49th overall destination on IndiGo's ever growing network. The carrier took its maiden flight 6E-1202 from Chennai on Saturday to Bandaranaike International Airport.
The carrier will connect Colombo with daily flights operating from Chennai and Bengaluru. Commenting on the launch, Capt Ashim Mittra, VP Flight Operations, IndiGo, said, "IndiGo is delighted to commence its new daily services to and from Colombo. These new connections will not only boost corporate and leisure travel, but will also contribute to significant growth in cross border trade and commerce. We are hopeful that these new flights will provide affordable and unmatchable travel experience to our passengers across the country and beyond.”
Malinga Arsakularatne, MD, Hemas Leisure Travel Aviation Group, (IndiGo's GSA), added, "We are honoured to partner with IndiGo in strengthening tourism to and fro India. Together, we can create benefits for travellers and shareholders. We are confident that the team at Hemas Aviation would deliver the growth ambitions of the airline."
During the inaugural ceremony held at Bandaranaike International Airport, the maiden flight was welcomed with the traditional water cannon salute followed by a ribbon cutting. Dignitaries present at the event included Johanne Jayaratne, Executive Director – Airport and Air Services, Sri Lanka; Rayhan Wanniappa, Deputy Director (Air Transport & Economic Regulations) – Civil Aviation Authority, Sri Lanka; Dushy Jayaweera, Regional Director – Hemas Aviation Pvt. Ltd.; Imtiaz Esufally, Group Director – Hemas Holdings PLC; Capt Ashim Mittra; Charnel Dsouza, Director - Airport Operations, Western India and Middle East, IndiGo and Ajay Jasra, Director Corporate Communications, IndiGo amongst other