SriLankan Airlines expands its network to fly to 11 new destinations in Asia and the Middle East. The airline begins operations to Lahore, Jakarta, Dhaka, Muscat, Kolkata, Madurai, Varanasi, Bodh Gaya, Bahrain, Mahé and Gan Island. 

“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. 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,” says Ajith Dias, chairman of SriLankan Airlines.

The airline began operations from Colombo to Lahore from September 27 with three weekly flights. October 30 onwards, the airline flies to Jakarta with four flights a week, to Dhaka daily, to Madurai daily, to Muscat with five weekly flights and to Kolkata with three weekly flights. October 31 onwards, it flies to Bahrain with five weekly flights, Mahé with four weekly flights; and from November 5 to Varanasi with two weekly flights. Gan Island with four weekly flights will join the network December 1 onwards. 

The airline will also start service to Bodh Gaya, but hasn’t decided the launch date yet. 

SriLankan Airlines operates an all-Airbus fleet, with narrow-bodied A320-200 and A321-200 aircraft and wide-bodied A330-200 and A330-300 aircraft.

The developments will bring the total destinations connected by SriLankan Airlines to 102 in 47 countries.