Special luxury train service begins

A special super luxury intercity train yesterday began its maiden journey from the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) to the Secretariat Halt opposite Colombo Hilton for tourists visiting the country for Videocon IIFA Weekend and Micromax IIFA Awards.

The train service was launched under the patronage of Transport Minister Kumara Welgama and Hambantota District Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa at the railway station at the BIA premises at the auspices time of 9.07 a.m.

Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd in collaboration with Sri Lanka Railways launched train service on a special request by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to facilitate foreign visitors visiting to participate in the IIFA Awards.

The Secretariat halt opposite Colombo Hilton has been modernized with latest facilities. The new super luxury intercity train consists of all basic facilities.

Minister Welgama addressing the gathering said the new super luxury intercity train service will be continued after the IIFA Awards for tourists arriving from the Bandaranaike International Airport.

He said this service will save passengers’ travel time since it only takes 40 minutes to reach Colombo from Katunayake.

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