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Wednesday, 03 July, 2019, 23 : 15 PM [IST]

SriLankan enhances Colombo-Delhi capacity with third frequency

To add Ahmedabad and Kozhikode in future to the network
SriLankan Airlines has announced additional frequencies between Colombo and Delhi to take its total weekly offerings between the two capitals to 18 flights. Apart from the existing two frequencies daily, the airline has announced a third non-stop flight on the route commencing tomorrow, July 4, which will depart from Delhi on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 23.30 hrs to reach Colombo at 03.00 hrs the following day.

The flight, according to SriLankan Airlines, will offer seamless onward connectivity to Melbourne, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta and Gan Island. The additional frequency was announced by the top management of the airline company at a press conference in Delhi today.

Speaking on the occasion, CEO Vipula Gunathilake, said that India is a very important market for SriLankan and the market had shown strong support by opting the destination despite the recent Easter Sunday blasts. He said that SriLankan operates 117 weekly flights to India which is by far the highest compared to any other country. India contributes nearly 24% of the total passenger loads for the airline, he added.

The CEO said that they will add Ahmedabad and Kozhikode to their network from next year as they receive more narrow-bodied aircraft. He said that the plan is to increase the capacity by at least 40% over the next five years.

Mentioning the additional frequency as the indication of the country coming back to normalcy and returning to business, Chinthaka Weerasinghe, Country Manager, SriLankan Airlines, said that India is a important source market for Sri Lankan tourism and 20% of the total foreign tourist arrivals to the nation is from India.

Talking about North India market in general and Delhi market in particular, he said that major chunk of the Leisure, MICE and the emerging segment of Destination Wedding travel originate from Delhi. Apart from the point to point traffic, Weerasinghe said that Colombo has increasingly become a transit point for onward travel to Australia, Singapore and Maldives for Indian travellers.
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