After a long hiatus of decades, Air India will finally be resuming service to Sri Lanka from Summer. The carrier will fly to Colombo from Chennai six times a week starting 27th March.
The service operates with Airbus A321 aircraft.
AI273 MAA 1415 - 1535 CMB x3 321
AI274 CMB 1635 - 1800 MAA x3 321
The airline will face tough competition on the route which is already served with over seven daily flights from Jet Airways, Kingfisher, Spicejet and SriLankan in addition to AI's own Air India Express.SriLankan is the largest operator on the route offering 3293 weekly one-way seats on 15 frequencies.
Air India subsidiary Indian ( soon to come under AI AOC, reported by The Networker on 7/02/11 ) was serving this route till late 2010.
Update: The airline has already begun operating this route as AI1573/4.