SriLankan’s MEL de­but

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SRILANKAN Air­lines to­day be­gins its first di­rect flights be­tween Mel­bourne and Colombo, aim­ing to tap both Vic­to­ria’s size­able Sri Lankan com­mu­nity and the wider out­bound leisure mar­ket.

The in­au­gu­ral in­bound flight UL604 is due to ar­rive at 1525, bring­ing with it dig­ni­taries from the Sri Lankan Gov­ern­ment, its tourism author­ity and the air­line.

“We’re ex­cited to be con­nect­ing Mel­bourne and Colombo like never be­fore,” said SriLankan ceo Captain Suren Rat­watte.

“Aus­tralia is home to one of the largest Sri Lankan ex­pa­tri­ate com­mu­ni­ties, many of whom re­side in and around Mel­bourne, and our two coun­tries have many in­ter­ests and pas­sions,” he said.

The car­rier will also po­si­tion its Colombo hub as a gate­way to other des­ti­na­tions, in­clud­ing 14 points across In­dia.

SriLankan man­ager Aus­tralia San­jeeva Jay­atileke said the MEL ser­vices had been prompted by steady in­creases in pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling via UL’s other Asian con­nec­tion points such as Sin­ga­pore and Kuala Lumpur.

“Aussies are known for their

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