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SriLankan Airlines boosts routes on path to recovery

2 Nov 2009

SriLankan Airlines is increasing its international routes from its Colombo home base as a result of growing business and tourism confidence in the country, following the end of its bloody civil war earlier this year.

The country’s flag carrier has added three flights to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, which will each be served by ten flights per week, and one more flight from Hongkong to Colombo, bringing the frequency up to four times a week.

It has also added two flights a week to London, which has a sizeable Sri Lankan community and a major commercial centre for Sri Lankan business outside the country, bringing the number of flights to 12.

South Asian destinations have also been beefed up, with two extra flights each to Trichy in south India and Male in the Maldives, where SriLankan is the largest international carrier. The airline is also increasing one flight each to South India’s high-tech hub of Bangalore and Pakistan’s business capital Karachi, which now have five and three flights respectively.

One of the country’s main export industries is textiles and the airline will launch a new route to the European fashion capital of Milan twice a week from December 16. It also

In the Gulf states, SriLankan Airlines has increased one flight per week to Bahrain, Doha and Dammam, which will thus be served by three, five and four weekly flights.

For further details, see www.srilankan.aero

Kenny Coyle

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