Sri Lanka's national carrier cuts flights to Chennai
Colombo: Srilankan Airlines on Tuesday slashed by half, its flights on the Colombo-Chennai sector in view of the attacks against Sri Lankan nationals in Tamil Nadu.
"Srilankan Airlines has observed a drop in traffic between Chennai and Colombo due to recent developments in Tamil Nadu, hence it was decided to reduce its frequency of flights to Chennai from 28 to 14 per week," a statement from the airline said today.
Revised schedule involves two daily flights in the morning and evening, the airline said.
Meanwhile, the ministry of external affairs said it had lodged "strong protests" with the Indian government on the incidents of assaults on Buddhists in Tamil Nadu.
Two Buddhist monks had come under attack in Thanjavur and Chennai yesterday.
The attacks came ahead of a crucial vote at the ongoing UNHRC session in Geneva where a US-backed resolution is expected to be adopted on Sri Lanka's accountability and reconciliation progress since the end of the three-decade long civil war in 2009.