Further strengthening Qatar Airways and Srilankan Airlines’ strategic partnership that was first announced in 2016, Qatar Airways has now announced a codeshare expansion agreement with Srilankan Airlines.
Come December 23, the expanded codeshare agreement will be rolled out in phases, and Srilankan Airlines will eventually add 33 additional Qatar Airways destinations in Europe, America, and Africa.
Qatar Airways tweeted:
Under phase one, passengers travelling on Srilankan Airlines will be able to book to eight additional Qatar Airways European destinations – Athens, Greece; Belgrade, Serbia; Brussels, Belgium; Dublin, Ireland; Helsinki, Finland; Munich, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic, and Thessaloniki, Greece.
Whereas passengers travelling by Qatar Airways will be able to book on Srilankan flights to Gan Island in Addu Atoll, the southernmost point of the Maldives apart from the existing codeshare destinations Colombo in Sri Lanka and Male in Maldives.
Commenting on this agreement, Srilankan Airlines chief executive officer, Vipula Gunatilleka, said, “We are delighted to further strengthen the bonds of our long-time partnership with our fellow Oneworld member Qatar Airways, and feel certain that the valued passengers of both our airlines will reap the benefits of this close co-operation.”
Currently, Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), to more than 160 destinations across the globe.
Srilankan Airlines flies to 109 destinations in 48 countries from its hub, Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo (CMB).
Meanwhile, in other news, Qatar Airways is set to offer non-stop flights between Doha and Osaka starting April 6, 2020.