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IA resumes Colombo flights

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, JULY 26. After suspending flights to Colombo for two days, Indian Airlines today resumed its scheduled services, flying a full complement of 252 passengers, including those stranded in Chennai.

Indian Airlines had not operated the Chennai-Colombo- Chennai services since Tuesday morning following closure of the LTTE- attacked Colombo airport. It was cleared for commencement of normal operations only on Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile, Mr. Rienzie de Silva, Manager-India and Nepal, said SriLankan Airlines flights between Colombo and Chennai also resumed today with minor changes in timings.

The Chennai Airport Director, Mr. Sudhir Kumar, who had a word of praise for the cooperation extended by all operational agencies especially Immigration, Customs and Air Traffic Control authorities to clear over 1,000 stranded passengers who were aboard diverted flights here and who later left for their preferred destinations.

Mr. G. B. Subramanian, General Manager (Aero) of the National Airports Division of Airports Authority of India (NAD- AAI), southern region, said air traffic control authorities in both Colombo and Chennai had cleared the Indian Airlines flights yesterday. But the domestic carrier later cancelled the flight.

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