SriLankan expands daily flights to Beijing
SriLankan Airlines will expand its services to Beijing and Shanghai,
with daily flights to the two cities running from July 15 to serve the
increasing number of Chinese travelers to Colombo, Male, Bangkok and
other points on its global network.
The additions will take the airline to 21 flights per week to four
cities in China, including four to Guangzhou and three to Hong Kong.
SriLankan Airlines chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe said: “SriLankan
Airlines has made a strong and consistent effort in recent years to
enhance services between the historically friendly nations of China and
Sri Lanka. We are pleased to see the level of growth in business up to
“We believe there is a tremendous amount of potential for the future,
hence our decision to have daily frequencies to Beijing and Shanghai.”
The airline launched services to Guangzhou in 2011 and Shanghai in
2010, having served Beijing since 2005. It has served Hong Kong for over
Asia Pacific regional manager Dimuthu Tennakoon: “The new daily
frequencies will further enhance our services for Chinese tourists to
Bangkok, Colombo and Male, which are the most popular destinations for
Chinese travellers to Sri Lanka. “We also have excellent connections to
our destinations in Europe and the Middle East, which offer convenience
for travellers from those regions to visit China and vice versa.” The
number of Chinese travellers to Sri Lanka increased by 56 percent in
2011 to a total of more than 16,000. Relations between the two countries
have been strengthened by an increasing Chinese investment in Sri Lanka,
together with expanded trade in consumer goods.
Sri Lanka welcomed an all-time record of 855,975 travelers in 2011.
The government has set a target of 2.5 million tourists per annum from
2016. The new flights to Shanghai will operate on Wednesday, Friday and
Sunday, in addition to the four existing flights on Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday and Saturday.