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SriLankan Airlines keen on double daily flights & new routes for India expansion

SriLankan Airlines is pursuing a two-pronged strategy of increasing frequency to key cities in India and flying to 3 to 4 additional destinations.

“First, the plan is to increase frequency… double daily helps customers. With [enhanced] frequency you can generate more traffic,” Richard Nuttall, CEO, SriLankan Airlines said. Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram are nine cities to which SriLankan Airlines operates flights with Chennai alone connected by three flights daily, reports Ravi Kumar for The Hindu.

“All major cities should be double daily. That should help grow traffic coming to Sri Lanka as also beyond, particularly to Australia, Thailand, China and Japan,” he said. Hyderabad is among the cities to which frequency increase is under consideration. From existing six flights a week to Hyderabad “we should be trying to get towards double daily… need to be increasing [flights to] Hyderabad,” Nuttall said.

Figuring in SriLankan Airlines plans are also connections to a few more cities. “Three to four cities are on the radar. Probably, the obvious one will be Ahmedabad.. in 12 months,” he said, adding the airlines would like to launch earlier depending on how soon more aircraft augment the fleet. Coimbatore, Kolkata and Visakhapatnam are likely to be other cities to which the carrier will be flying. (Source: The Hindu)



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