Palaly Airport to accommodate Indian traffic

The government is planning to open the Palaly Airport to accommodate Indian traffic said Tourism Development and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga.

Speaking at a press conference in Colombo, he said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is very keen to develop the tourism sector and by making Palaly an international airport, it could attract high number Indian tourists.

This proposal was discussed at the last Cabinet meeting,” the Minister disclosed.

The Minister said the Palaly Airport which operated as a military airport for a long time had been opened up for civilian transport.

The domestic airport, when developed would drastically increase the number of tourists visiting Jaffna as they would be able to fly to Palaly from the Bandaranaike International Airport.

Minister Amaratunga addressing the World Tourism Day official celebration at the Jaffna University earlier said that the government is strongly considering the possibility of resuming the ferry service between Rameshwaram and Thalaimannar.

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