Saturday, September 29, 2018
The Andhra Pradesh Air Travellers Association had appealed the Chief Minister and IT Minister to initiate urgent measures to prevent withdrawal of the Vizag-Colombo Sri Lankan flight.
The APATA sought bailing out of the international service by bringing it under the International Udaan scheme launched by the Government of India. The Government of AP has already launched the International Udaan schemes to introduce two new routes from Vijayawada to Singapore. We have requested the Chief Minister to extend the same benefit to Sri Lankan airlines to prevent withdrawal of the service. The CMO responded positively to the demand, said Naresh Kumar, representative of APATA.
He said that the Sri Lankan flight was the main airline to carry full load of cargo, both import and export from Visakhapatnam. Now, the existing exporters and importers would be left with no choice but to use alternative modes like surface transport which could hit air exports and imports from Visakhapatnam.
It may be recalled that the airline had stopped booking of cargo from October 28.