ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka’s Tourism and Aviation Ministry has requested the national carrier to resume flights to Paris and Frankfurt, media reports said.
The English newspaper DailyFT quoted Tourism and Aviation State Minister Arundika Fernando as saying SriLankan Airlines has been informed of the need to start flying to Paris and Frankfurt.
“We have started discussions with the national carrier on the need to resume services to either Frankfurt in Germany and/or Paris in France,” Fernando was quoted in DailyFT as saying.
“These are hubs for the rest of Europe, and direct flights will boost arrivals,” he said.
The state would also consider subsidizing such flights, Fernando has reportedly said.
Fernando was speaking at an event where a French and Belgian tour operator Salaün Holidays had called for direct flights to boost tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka stopped its operations to Paris, Frankfurt and Rome in May 2016 citing losses on the routes.
Over the past four years, SriLankan has been pushing further into the Indian subcontinent as well as Australia, from where tourist arrivals have been growing.
SriLankan only flies to London in Europe.
Under a new turnaround plan, the loss-making national carrier has been evaluating a return to its grounded European destinations. (Colombo/Jan22/2020)