Sri Lankan Airlines will operate three repatriation flights from two Indian cities to bring back stranded citizens.
One flight from Amritsar and two from Coimbatore will depart for Colombo on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
These flights come as more countries begin repatriation efforts from India, which has banned all international flights indefinitely.
101 Sri Lankan students who were stranded in India amid COVID-19 lockdown departed from Amritsar International Airport on Thursday.
“101 Sri Lankan Nationals evacuated by a special Sri Lankan airlines flight. The plane landed at Amritsar International Airport this morning and has already taken off for Colombo. All the passengers were students of Lovely Professional University,” KBS Sidhu, Special Chief Secretary, Punjab, tweeted.
101 Sri Lankan 🇱🇰 Nationals evacuated by a special Sri Lankan airlines flight.— KBS Sidhu, IAS, Spl. Chief Secretary, Punjab. (@kbssidhu1961) April 23, 2020
The plane landed at Amritsar International Airport this morning and has already taken off for Columbo.
All the passengers were students of Lovely Professional University￼. pic.twitter.com/6kXZlVOuac
The relief flight took off with eight crew members, including two pilots, and arrived in Katunayake on Thursday.
Two more special flights from Sri Lanka will arrive in India to evacuate 117 Sri Lankans from Coimbatore and 93 from Katmandu.
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