Sri Lanka Ends Ban on Jaffna Flight

For the first time in six years airlines in Sri Lanka will today resume flights to the northern city of Jaffna. Flights were suspended to the northern part of the country in 1996 as result of Sri Lanka`s civil war.

National carrier Sri Lanka Airlines, Air Lanka and Expo-Aviation have been given permission to re-start passenger services.

A ceasefire agreed earlier this year between the Sri Lanka government and the rebel Tamil Tigers has made the resumption of flights possible. The two sides are due to hold peace negotiations in the near future.

The government halted all private flights to Jaffna in September 1996. In July last year three Sri Lankan planes were destroyed when the rebels attacked the international airport in the country`s capital, Colombo.