SriLankan Airlines starts flights to Lahore
ECONOMYNEXT – SriLankan Airlines said it will start services between Lahore, the second largest metropolitan area in Pakistan, and Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo from 27th September 2016, enhancing its focus on the Asia and Middle East region.
The service will be twice-weekly for the first month of operation with flights on Tuesday and Thursday, a statement said.
Flights will be increased to thrice-weekly starting from 30th October with a change to flights on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Flights will depart Colombo at 2010 hours, arrive in Lahore at 2335, depart Lahore at 0035 the next day and arrive in Colombo at 0505.
“This is an important step in our strategy of increasing our focus on Asia, from the Middle East in the west to China and Japan in the east,” Ajith Dias, Chairman of SriLankan Airlines, said.
“In addition, as we announced previously, we are taking over operations of Mihin Lanka, in accordance with our government’s policy.”
The route will be served by SriLankan’s medium haul fleet of Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. SriLankan already has a daily service to Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and commercial centre.
“We will be closely evaluating market opportunities in Lahore and other South Asian cities, and adding more destinations and frequencies,” Suren Ratwatte, chief executive of SriLankan Airlines said.
“This further cements our burgeoning partnership with Pakistan International Airlines with whom we expect further cooperation.”
(COLOMBO, Sept 26, 2016)