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Airport reopens

By Nirupama Subramanian

COLOMBO, JULY 25. The Bandaranaike International Airport reopened today after yesterday's attack on it by the LTTE. The Sydney- Colombo Sri Lankan Airlines flight, diverted to Chennai yesterday, was the first to land at 4.45 p.m.

Other diverted flights are also coming in. A few flights took off, although behind schedule, officials said.

The Indian Airlines country manager, Mr. Kamal Mehra, was ``hopeful'' that the airline would be able to resume its flights from Chennai to Colombo on Thursday.

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