SriLankan Airlines to increase flights to Tokyo to five a week
ECONOMYNEXT – SriLankan Airlines is increasing its number of flights to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport to five per week, with Sri Lanka growing rapidly in popularity as a destination for Japanese travelers.
“SriLankan is the only airline to operate non-stop from Tokyo to Colombo and provides rapid connections to many cities in South India and also to the Maldives which is a highly popular destination among Japanese tourists,” a statement said.
The fifth frequency, which will commence on the 16th of July 2019, will depart Narita on Tuesdays and operate at the same times as flights on other days.
The added frequency will also facilitate Sri Lankan and South Indian travelers to Japan, which is hosting two major global sporting events – the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the statement said.
SriLankan currently operates four flights a week on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with flights departing Narita at 1120 hours and arriving in Colombo at 1710 hours on the same day.
Flights from Colombo depart on Sunday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 1915 hours and arrive at Narita at 0735 hours on the next day.
Sri Lanka got nearly 50,000 Japanese visitors in 2018 and is popular among both Japanese leisure travelers and those on wellness tours who wish to experience Ayurveda medical and relaxation techniques.
The national carrier said it has deployed Airbus 330-300 fleet on the Narita-Colombo sector.
The aircraft has 28 flatbeds in business class and 269 economy class seats.
(COLOMBO, March 27, 2019-SB)