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Austrian Airlines to fly to Sri Lanka’s Colombo

ECONOMYNEXT – Austrian Airlines said it will begin a weekly service to Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo from Vienna from October 27, as traffic builds up for the winter tourist season.

"In addition to the Maldives and Mauritius, Sri Lanka is yet another destination in the Indian Ocean," Andreas Otto, Chief Commercial Officer of Austrian Airlines said in a statement.

"In this way we are increasingly focusing on long-haul tourist destinations which are particularly in demand during the winter months."

Austrian Airlines will fly every Tuesday to Colombo from Vienna from October 27 using Boeing 767 aircraft. The 7,450 kilometre flight will take 9 hours and 10 minutes. Tickets are priced at 899 Euros.

The airline already flies to Delhi, Bangkok, Maldives, Peking and Tokyo in Asia.

The former state-run Austrian Airlines was privatized in 2009 and is now majority owned by Germany-based Lufthansa. Lufthansa itself was privatized from 1994. (Colombo/Aug27/2015)

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