ECONOMYNEXT - SriLankan Airlines will increase its destinations with new daily non-stop flights to Melbourne, Australia this winter season, having begun daily non-stop flights to Hong Kong and Guangzhou in China, dropping the previous Bangkok stopover.
The flights to Melbourne represent SriLankan’s re-entry to Australia after sixteen years with very strong forward bookings on this route already seen, which gives confidence that it is the right choice, a statement said.
“Further expansion of services on strategically important routes are also planned for the winter season,” the national carrier said.
The network changes are among several done from 15th July in line with its strategy of “adapting its route network to align with the current market realities,” the statement said.
These include new five times a week non-stop flights to Hong Kong, daily non-stop flights to Guangzhou, China, increasing flights to Bangkok, Thailand from daily to three times a day, to cater to the demand and enhance network connectivity and increasing flights to Delhi, India from daily to 11 times a week.
Last Sunday SriLankan Airlines launched a new four-times-a-week service to Coimbatore, taking its destination count to 41.
“With the recently launched routes to Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam, as well as the seasonal flights to Gaya and Varanasi which will resume in August, SriLankan will soon be operating 126 scheduled flights a week to 14 destinations in India – serving more Indian points than any other international airline.”
Two new A320neo aircraft and the first A321neo aircraft have joined SriLankan’s fleet during the year, with two more A321neo aircraft due to join before the end of the year.
(COLOMBO, July 19, 2017)