Spread­ing wings wide

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Cur­rently fly­ing to 14 In­dian des­ti­na­tions, SriLankan Air­lines now aims to max­imise ca­pac­ity on all routes in the coun­try, says Udeni Per­era, the air­line ’s Man­ager—Western In­dia.

SriLankan Air­lines, the is­land ex­pe­ri­enc­ing hand­some busi­ness from the In­dian mar­ket and is look­ing to do well as per pro­jected plans in the coun­try. busi­ness from In­dia, Udeni

Per­era, Man­ager—Western In­dia, SriLankan Air­lines says, “So far, 2018 is look­ing very good for us. In the cur­rent quar­ter, we are do­ing well as per our pro­jected plans. We have achieved our tar­gets above the ex­pected lev­els and are op­ti­mistic for an even more

Em­pha­sis­ing on the im­por­tance of Colombo as an ideal tran­sit hub for pas­sen­gers, Per­era high­lights three ma­jor rea­sons. “The dis­tance is ideal as Colombo is the near­est hub to In­dia and SriLankan Air­lines has con­nec­tions to far east Aus­tralia, China and the Mid­dle East through Colombo, thereby sav­ing a lot of tran­sit time. Se­condly, we also have very good air­port which can fa­cil­i­tate our pas­sen­gers in smooth trans­fer to their des­ti­na­tions. Thirdly, we have the most at­trac­tive ad­van­tage over oth­ers.”

“We are main­tain­ing 80 to 85 per cent cabin fac­tor av­er­age out of In­dia to Colombo. We are get­ting 30 to 40 per cent pas­sen­gers tran­sit­ing through the Colombo hub to var­i­ous des­ti­na­tions like Sin­ga­pore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Sey­chelles and Mel­bourne. We also get pas­sen­gers to Dhaka, Jakarta and China via Colombo,” he added.

Per­era men­tioned that the In­dia are Mum­bai, Delhi and Ben­galuru. He ex­plained, “All other sta­tions are do­ing well but th­ese routes are per­form­ing ex­cep­tion­ally well. We were on our route expansion spree last year in July. We are - tions in In­dia and now aim to max­imise the ca­pac­ity on all routes in the coun­try. We have al­ready added new air­craft to and A321 Neo which are in op­er­a­tion to In­dia.” - nec­tiv­ity to Mal­dives, Per­era says, “Ev­ery­day, we have is more pop­u­lar as pas­sen­gers can reach the des­ti­na­tion in the morn­ing and get to spend an en­tire day there.”

On the com­pany’s pro­mo­tions in In­dia, Per­era says that the air­line has planned a num­ber of events and ac­tiv­i­ties in In­dia. “We are pro­mot­ing SriLankan Air­lines in In­dia along with SriLankan Tourism Pro­mo­tion De­part­ment. Re­cently, we did a few road­shows in Chandi­garh and Jaipur along with a travel fare in Hy­der­abad.” Per­era adds.

With 14 des­ti­na­tions in In­dia, we have now al­ready added new air­craft to our fleets viz a viz Air­bus A320 and A321 Neo which are in op­er­a­tion to the coun­try

Udeni Per­era

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