Published on : Friday, July 5, 2019
SriLankan Airlines has launched four new flights per week between the New Delhi and Colombo, from July 4, 2019. In a press conference organised in the Taj Palace hotel of Delhi, SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, officially announced the addition of new frequencies between the capitals of the two countries. A total of 18 flights a week will be operating between the two destinations leading to 117 operational frequencies, at the moment.
According to SriLankan Airlines, India is one of the top three tourism generating markets for Sri Lanka with North India being one of the biggest growth markets. Out of the total business revenue of the airlines, about 25 per cent comes from India.
The latest connectivity enhancement comes into effect as a result of the consistent growth in traffic flow from north India as per Vipula Gunatilleka, the chief executive officer of SriLankan Airlines. Within a span of four years from 2015 to 2019, the airline has increased frequencies from daily flights to double daily flights, leading to this addition.
At present, the airline operates from many Indian destinations including Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Tiruchirappalli, Trivandrum, Cochin, Madurai, Kolkata, and Coimbatore besides the seasonal flights to/from Bodh Gaya, and Varanasi.
The expanding air connectivity between the two nations has given a special boost to the business tourism in Sri Lanka. As per Dimuthu Tennakoon, the head of worldwide sales and distribution of SriLankan Airline, there were 400,000 arrivals from India of which 17 per cent was for leisure tourism, 48 per cent for business and 27 per cent for Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Exhibitions (MICE) activities.
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