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SL Missions in India facilitate Buddhist pilgrims’ returns

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi and the Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka in Chennai, in consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Relations and the Ministry of Buddha Sasana, continue their coordinating and facilitating early return of Sri Lankan Buddhist pilgrims in India, following the temporary closure of the Bandaranaike International Airport for inward commercial flights.

On March 18, about 700 pilgrims returned to Sri Lanka from India by scheduled commercial flights and the High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi and the Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka in Chennai facilitated their return through discussions with the relevant airlines.

Following the departure of the last scheduled commercial flight to Sri Lanka from New Delhi on March 18 midnight before the temporary closure of the Bandaranaike International Airport, as of today (March 19), 871 Sri Lankan Buddhist pilgrims of 17 tour groups were remaining in India expecting to return to Sri Lanka from New Delhi and Chennai.

The Sri Lanka Missions are closely in touch with these remaining tour groups in preparation for special aircraft that will be arranged by the Government of Sri Lanka to take them back home.

SriLankan Airlines will also be accepting returning Sri Lankan pilgrims to the flights that it is operating to Delhi and Chennai daily for transit passengers.

These flights will leave Delhi and Chennai daily at 18:30 hrs. and 09:35 hrs. respectively during March 19-25.

The two Missions are working with SriLankan Airlines to accommodate the remaining pilgrims in these flights.

 


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