Normalcy with the dawn of peace:
Qatar Airways mulls third daily flight to Sri Lanka
Qatar Airways is exploring the possibility of increasing the
frequency of daily flights to three in Sri Lanka with the dawn of the
peace and normalcy here, said its Regional Manager Rajeewa Jayaweera.
“With the current peaceful situation in Sri Lanka we are now closely
and seriously looking at new opportunities to launch the third flight
connecting USA,” Jayaweera told Daily News Business. At present the
airline is operating two daily flights to Doha.
He said the airline is flying to more than 80 plus destinations and
Sri Lanka is one of their main destinations in their promotional
campaign. With the dawn of peace and normalcy Sri Lanka could be
promoted as a major tourist destination in the future. The countries in
their promotional campaign list are Goa, Seychelles, Cairo, Bangkok and
Sri Lanka, he said.
The airline is now in the process of consolidating its network in
their flying routes and is satisfied with the performance despite the
global financial crisis. Therefore, before the end of this year the
number of destinations will be increased to ninety, he said.
Qatar Airways caters to all segments in the target market including
corporate and leisure travellers in all destinations where they operate.
They are very satisfied with the flight occupancy in the country,
Jayaweera, the Regional Manager for several countries including
Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and the Maldives said that Sri Lanka should
have bigger runways in airports especially the Bandaranaike
International Airport (BIA) to attract next generation flights such as A
380, A 350 and B 767 Dreamliner flights and it would start delivering
the Qatar Airways fleet in the near future. This airline is one of the
few five star airlines in the world.