Air India reduces flights to Sri Lanka

Air India announced on Sunday that it will reduce its India-Sri Lanka services from the current 16 flights per week to 13 flights per week from April 9 due to weak demand.

Sri Lanka is currently experiencing the worst economic crisis in its history. With long queues for fuel, cooking gas, shortages of basic necessities and long hours of power cuts, the public has been suffering for weeks.

“Currently AI [Air India] operates 16 flights a week – daily flights from Delhi and nine flights a week from Chennai,” an Air India spokesperson told PTI.

Under the new schedule, AI will operate a total of 13 flights per week, the spokesperson said.

In the new schedule, while the frequency from Chennai will remain unchanged, flights from Delhi will drop from seven to four per week, the spokesperson said.

“Four flights from Delhi instead of seven, starting April 9 due to low loads,” the spokesperson said.

AI 283 on the Delhi-Colombo sector will now operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from April 8 to May 30.

AI 284 on the Colombo-Delhi sector will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from April 9 to May 31. The Sri Lankan government on Sunday blocked social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram after declaring a national public emergency. and impose a 36-hour curfew before a planned anti-government rally over the island nation’s worst economic crisis.

The move is aimed at preventing the masses from gathering in Colombo to protest the government’s failure to provide relief to the public suffering from shortages of food, essentials, fuel and medicine amid hours-long power cuts , reported the Colombo Page newspaper.