SriLankan increases flights to 230 per week
Srilankan Airlines has increased its flights to 230 per week from 172
in line with the ongoing aviation sector development initiatives, Civil
Aviation Minister Priyankara Jayaratne said.
The airline has been increasing its fleet adding highly advanced
modern Airbuses. Presently the SriLankan airlines operates 21 passenger
aircraft including Airbuses to 61 destinations.
This is a huge achievement since in 2005 the airline had only 14
aircraft in its fleet, which conducted 172 flights to 51 destinations
per week, the minister said.
Meanwhile, Srilankan Airlines will fly to South Korea for the first
time in the aviation history from December this year on a decision taken
by President Mahinda Rajapaksa after his state visit to South Korea
This is the 63rd destination of the SriLankan Airlines.
At the initial stage the airline will conduct three frequencies to
South Korea per week.
The airline will increase the number of frequencies to Middle Eastern
countries to 50 from 37 per week from this month. Besides, the
frequencies to countries in the Asian region, including China, will also
increase to 54 from 40 by June. In addition the airline has already
increased the frequencies to India from 77 to 84 per week from last
April. At present, Srilankan Airlines operates to five European
countries. There is a massive increase in travellers from Colombo to
London and London to Toronto and back. Therefore, moves will be taken to
cater to the potential market. More facilities will be included together
with deploying modern flights aiming to cater to this market potential,
the minister noted. Srilankan Airlines now possesses a fleet of 21
aircraft, the largest fleet in its history. It includes five A320s, five
A330s, five A340s and two De Havilland Twin Otters.