Wednesday, December 28, 2011

SriLankan launches fourth daily to Chennai

Neelam Mathews
 Dec 28, 2011

Sri Lankan Airlines has added more capacity in India from 64 to 77 flights after 23 December. The carrier added two additional flights to Muscat from December 23.

Flights to Chennai increased to four frequencies a day from December 23 bringing the city’s total frequencies to 28 a week. The four daily frequencies to Chennai is the airline’s highest frequency to any destination, except Male, to which the airline operates an average of six frequencies a day. Some of these flights are direct operations from Europe and Tokyo and connect to Colombo via Male.

The airline operates it’s A320 and A330 fleet on this sector and caters to a mix of passengers from leisure travelers to business travellers and students from Colombo to through traffic (connecting passengers) from the Far East and Europe .

“We are developing Colombo into a hub for the South Asian Region and it is vitally important that we provide the best service for our connecting passengers to south India and other parts of India,” said SriLankan Airline’s Chief Marketing Officer, G T Jeyaseelan.

“While we are planning to expand our operations into India with more destinations, we are also consolidating our presence in the sub-continent, with enhanced frequencies”, he added.

SriLankan Airlines also increased its services to Karachi to a daily frequency from December 23. It has plans to operate direct flights to Kathmandu and Dhaka next year.

The airline’s overhaul of fleet’s cabin interiors is scheduled to be completed by July 2012. With its fleet of 21 aircraft, SriLankan Airlines operates to 61 destinations in 33 countries. The latest destination is Zurich started this month.

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