Emirates and SriLankan Airlines have signed an interline agreement that will enable access to new points on each other’s networks via Colombo and Dubai, utilising a single ticket and the convenience of baggage transfers.
The interline agreement will grant Emirates passengers access to 15 regional destinations operated by SriLankan Airlines via Colombo.
The interline network also includes two new Indian destinations, Madurai and Tiruchirapally, in addition to Gan Island in the Maldives. Far East and South Asian destinations also include Cochin, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Malé, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Guangzhou, Seoul and Tokyo.
Emirates currently operates two direct daily flights to Colombo, utilising a Boeing 777-300ER, as well as an additional daily service via Malé. It is the only international carrier to serve the country with first class services.
Passengers of SriLankan Airlines are also set to benefit from access to Emirates’ global network and connect to 15 cities operated by Emirates beyond Dubai. It includes destinations such as Bahrain, Amman, Dammam, Medina, Cairo, Muscat, Nairobi, Moscow, Tel Aviv, and a host of US cities including New York JFK, Los Angeles, San Franciso, Chicago, Boston and Houston.
“We are pleased to activate an interline partnership with SriLankan and provide our customers with more choice and access to additional destinations to suit their travel plans. This partnership enables customers to seamlessly fly to unique destinations in India and the Maldives, via Colombo. We look forward to further developing our cooperation in the near future and enhancing benefits that customers can enjoy when travelling with Emirates and SriLankan on one ticket,” said Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ chief commercial officer.
Richard Nuttall, chief executive officer of SriLankan Airlines, added, “We are happy to announce our renewed interline collaboration with Emirates. Emirates is a truly global airline and has a long history in Sri Lanka and it gives us real pleasure to work with them. The partnership provides more options to connect to and from Sri Lanka, assisting both Sri Lankan passengers at home and abroad, and supports tourism growth to the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.”
Emirates launched services to Sri Lanka back in 1986 and since then has carried more than 11 million passengers to and from Colombo.
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