From : The Economic Times of India
In a major development in the aviation sector, the government on Tuesday allowed private domestic carriers to operate abroad, starting with destinations in Sri Lanka, under an agreement reached between Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe.
"With a view to increasing tourist flow and connectivity, it was decided to encourage private scheduled airlines of India, who operate only in domestic sector at present, to extend their operations to airports in Sri Lanka," an External Affairs spokesman said.
**This is great moves and a very wise move on the part of the Indian Govt...guess now we will be seeing lots of B 737NGs of JET and SAHARA in CMB. Both airlines will now give UL and IC stiff competition on the India-Lanka route especially if they are allowed to fly from multiple Indian cities (BOM-DEL-CCU-MAA-BLR-HYD-KOCHI-TRIV). I hope MALE is next on the list!!!