SriLankan Air­lines to es­tab­lish its pres­ence in Aus­tralia

Business Traveller (India) - - UPFRONT -

Start­ing Oc­to­ber 29, SriLankan Air­lines will be­gin a daily non­stop ser­vice to Mel­bourne.

The air­line will de­ploy its Air­bus 330-200 on this route. The aim is to serve the large Sri Lankan ex­pa­tri­ate com­mu­ni­ties in Aus­tralia. It will also fa­cil­i­tate pas­sen­gers from South Asia and the Mid­dle East seek­ing on­ward con­nec­tions via Colombo to/ from Aus­tralia.

The op­er­a­tion will add to the ex­ist­ing double daily ser­vices of­fered by SriLankan Air­lines be­tween Colombo and Mel­bourne via Sin­ga­pore and Kuala Lumpur with its codeshare part­ners, Qan­tas and Malaysia Air­lines re­spec­tively.

The new ser­vice that starts in Oc­to­ber will de­part from Colombo for Mel­bourne at 2350 and land at 1525. The re­turn flight will de­part for Colombo at 1655 and ar­rive at 2215.

“Our pres­ence in Aus­tralia ce­ments the long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween our two coun­tries. We recently cel­e­brated the 70th an­niver­sary of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween our na­tions, and the ad­di­tion of Mel­bourne sig­ni­fies our strat­egy of op­ti­mis­ing the air­line’s net­work in line with our re­struc­tur­ing. This also means that we have connected another con­ti­nent to our global route map. On the other hand, given the num­ber of Sri Lankans re­sid­ing in and around Vic­to­ria, we ful­fil a long felt need for a di­rect ser­vice. We are proud to wel­come all the di­verse res­i­dents of Vic­to­ria who can now en­joy the di­rect con­nec­tions when vis­it­ing their friends and fam­i­lies through­out our net­work,”says Cap­tain Suren Rat­watte, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of SriLankan Air­lines.

From Colombo, SriLankan Air­lines con­nects to over ten In­dian des­ti­na­tions with over 100 flights a week. Th­ese in­clude Chen­nai, Bengaluru, Hy­der­abad, Kolkata, Tri­van­drum, Tiruchi­rap­palli, Cochin, Mum­bai and New Delhi.

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