SriLankan to fly more destinations in China
SriLankan Airlines are looking at adding another destination in China
by the end of the year making it four.
This would be in addition to Beijing, Shanghai and Gansu. Chairman
Srilankan, Nishantha Wickramasinghe speaking to Daily News Business said
that both China and India are growing markets and SriLankan needs a
strong presence there. The Chairman also disclosed that Mihin Lanka
would be flying to Madurei in three months time. He said this year 53
million Chinese are expected to travel out of China and SriLankan wants
to increase its presence in China to capture this market.
He said that this was the reason the airline decided to have daily
flights to both Beijing and Shanghai from July 15.
“We are currently studying the market potential and the destination
is likely to be Kunming where there are many attractions for both
business and leisure,” he said.
The Chairman said that in addition to increasing frequency and
destinations to China, SriLankan would also look at operating flights to
Seoul, South Korea by the end of the year.
Commenting on Mihin Lanka and Sri Lankan he said that both airlines
are working successfully and they would soon reach break even points.
“We had to reinvest in SriLankan as the airline needed a facelift and it
also wanted new aircraft.
The Chairman also said that they would soon go for a dry lease for
two sea aircraft. “We have now trained our own pilots who would take
over this operation.”
He also disclosed plans to acquire an additional amphibious aircraft
that could land in both water and land.Wickramasinghe said that they
would have two more aircraft by 2015 thus further increasing the fleet.