Jet Airways on Thursday announced a daily direct flight to Colombo from Bengaluru from January 5. With this, Bengaluru will be the second city after Mumbai to be connected to Colombo and Jet’s third daily service to the Sri Lankan capital, the private carrier said in a statement.
Jet flight 9W 278 will depart from the Kempegowda international airport at 0040 hrs and arrive in Colombo at 0210 hrs. The return flight 9W 277 will leave Colombo at 0310 hrs and arrive in Bengaluru at 0435 hrs.
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In 2015, air passenger traffic between the two nations was close to 1 million, Jet’s Chief Commercial Officer Jayaraj Shanmugam said.
With higher economic growth in both India and Sri Lanka and given the expansion of their bilateral trade ties, air traffic movement between them is bound to increase every year, he added.