SriLankan planning extra flights for IIFA blitz

SriLankan Airlines is gearing for the mega International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards blitz in Colombo next month by adding an extra six flights to Mumbai and back to cater to the increased number of passengers.

“There are some 1,000 invitees and we have enough flights to bring them up and down,” a senior airline official said. The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Board has said that thousands more are expected for the event, the biggest ever celebration that Sri Lanka has ever hosted.

When asked about catering to these categories which would number in the thousands, the official said SriLankan Airlines and other Indian airlines flying to Colombo are able to handle the additional traffic.

There are six airlines flying daily to Colombo from Indian destinations and back and they can handle more passengers, he said, adding that there are reports of Indian low-budget carrier Spice Jet also interested in launching flights between Chennai and Colombo.

Airline industry officials said it is possible that some of the Indian high-flyers planning to attend the event may even use their personal jets for travel to Colombo and back.

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