SriLankan Airlines top foreign carrier to India with 106 flights a week
ECONOMYNEXT – State-run SriLankan Airlines had added 11 new destinations including Gan in the Maldives, Seychelles, Bangladesh, Indonesia and more cities in India, flying 106 times a week to the country and becoming its top foreign carrier.
The airline said it is flying to Lahore, Pakistan; Jakarta, Indonesia; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Muscat, Oman; Kolkata, Madurai, Varanasi & Bodh Gaya, India; Bahrain; Seychelles; and Gan, Maldives in a route expansion.
The addition of Kolkata, Madurai, Bodh Gaya and Varanasi will make SriLankan Airlines the foreign airline with the largest network in India, , one of the world’s largest travel markets, covering 11 cities with 106 flights per week, increasing from its present 88 flights to 7 cities.
Some of the destinations including Bangladesh and Indonesia come with the ceasing of operations of loss-making budget carrier Mihin Lanka.
It also comes as the airline trims flights to Europe.
"We have realigned our strategic focus to Asia, from the Middle East to the Far East, as we see excellent opportunities in this high-growth region," SriLankan Chairman Ajith Dias said in a statement.
"We are confident that the linking of so many Asian cities will produce a travel network, which will be extremely convenient for our passengers and profitable for the airline."
Three weekly flights to Lahore started September 27; and Jakarka (4 flights), Dhaka (daily), Madurai (daily), Muscat (5 flights) and Kolkata (3 flights) started on October 30.
Bahrain (5 flights), Seychelles (4 flights), Varanasi (2 flights) and Bodh Gaya starts on October 31.
Gan Island (4 flights) in the Maldives will join SriLankan’s network on December 01, bringing to network to 102 destinations in 47 countries. (Colombo/Oct31/2016)