ECONOMYNEXT - SriLankan Airlines is introducing thrice weekly non-stop flights from Guangzhou to Colombo from January 2016, on three of its four frequencies, to better position itself to exploit the large and growing Chinese tourist market.
“The flying hours of these non-stop frequencies are estimated to be 05 hours and 40 minutes whereas the previous operations via Bangkok took 07 hours and 30 minutes of flying hours,” a statement said.
The Guangzhou route will have the highest frequency with 07 weekly flights out of the rest of the destinations operated by SriLankan Airlines in the China market, with the launch of thrice -weekly direct flights.
“With this new introduction, SriLankan Airlines will complete its strategy of deploying direct flights to Colombo from all four stations in its China market, Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming and Guangzhou,” the national carrier said.
“With the commencement of the new non-stop flights this month, SriLankan Airlines will intensify its influence and meet the needs of South China market.”
The new flights, to be operated with wide body A330-300 and A330-200 aircraft, makes it the first airline operating direct flights between Guangzhou and Colombo in the South China market, the statement said.
In 2014, the number of Chinese tourists overseas travel reached over one hundred million times.
“SriLankan Airlines see China as a very important market in the Far East,” the statement said.