ECONOMYNEXT – State-run SriLankan Airlines said it will start flying to Nairobi, Kenya from April 22, taking traffic from East Africa to the Indian Subcontinent and the Far East.
“This new route will allow SriLankan Airlines to tap into sizeable traffic flows from East Africa to ISC, China, Far East and Australia,” Vipula Gunatilleka CEO of SriLankan Airlines.
“We expect to see strong loads to China and India, though the schedule allows connectivity to key destinations across the route network.”
SriLankan will deploy and Airbus A330 with 269 economy and 28 business class seats every Thursday between Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO).
Flight UL1715 will depart Colombo at 1045h and land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 1440h. UL1716 will depart Nairobi at 0440h and in Colombo at Colombo at 13:55 hrs.
“We hope to see many people visit Kenya and explore the world’s stunning wildlife by offering seamless connectivity through its global route network in addition to establishing a strong presence in Kenya,” Chairman Ashok Pathirage said.
Demand for transport to and from Nairobi has increased as a business and leisure hub for East and Central Africa.
Nairobi is located strategically with land and air connections to Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia and Madagascar.
Home to many safari and national parks some famous tourist destinations include Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, Serengeti National Park, and Zanzibar in Tanzania.
SriLankan is also expecting demand for cargo. Head of Cargo Chamara Ranasinghe said Nairobi connected to key African hubs. (Colombo/Apr23/2021)