SriLankan’s MEL debut
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