With peace on the horizon:
Qatar Airways to increase flights to Lanka
Qatar Airways is optimistic of expanding local operations and
increasing the frequency of its flights to Sri Lanka with the end of the
war in the country, said its Regional Manager Rajeewa Jayaweera.
With the global crisis, the airline’s main objective at present is to
consolidate local operations in Sri Lanka. Therefore, we are happy to
consolidate all operations, Jayaweera told Daily News Business. He said
during the past few months a number of overseas travellers globally
dropped significantly due to the global financial crisis especially in
Europe and USA.
Qatar Airways is planning to deploy the next generation flights to
their fleet shortly.
Jayaweera said that the airline is offering premium products with
superior quality, which has now been positioned as one of the few five
star airlines in the world. They have many concrete plans for Sri Lanka
to consolidate and enhance operations in Sri Lanka. At present the
airline flies to over 80 destinations. It also covers three long haul US
destinations namely Washington, New York and Houston to be launched this
month, Jayaweera said.
They also carry passengers from all over the world and hope to
increase the number of flights shortly.
The company has ordered 80 next generation Airbus 350 and also Boeing
787 Dreamlined flights which are the highly advanced version.
Jayaweera said that they have no plans to bring the new generation
flights to Sri Lanka and hope to expand and consolidate operations in
The Regional Manager also said they are now holding discussions with
the Tourist Promotion Bureau to promote Sri Lanka as a major tourist
With the dawn of peace in the country they could do better than
earlier, he said.
Qatar’s new international airport in Doha which has 72 departure
gates, is due to be commissioned in 2012, he said.