Srilanka’s national carrier, SriLankan Airlines has plans to add new destinations in India. The airline is also pondering over to increase the number of flights from 48 to 60 by the end of the year 2013.
Nishantha Wickremasinghe, Chairman, SriLankan Airlines stated recently that India is one of the most important destinations for the airline and promised that it will be treated as a top priority region. Speaking on the plan of increasing number of flights from India Wickremasinghe said, “We now fly 48 flights a week from India and they will go up to 60 in 2014 and peak with 70 flights by 2015.”
Wickremasinghe also stated, “Travellers come to Colombo for onward connection to West Asia and Far East as we plan to make Colombo an important hub. We cover most of the cities in India. For instance there will be four flights in a day from Chennai to Colombo and one flight from destinations like Madurai, Tiruchirappalli , Kochi, Delhi and Mumbai. To cater needs of Buddhist passengers there will be flights to Bodh Gaya and Varanasi.
SriLankan airlines cover several important cities in the country and the airline has hopes that increase in the number of flights will earn them more business as the airline is eyeing for the whole Asia. “We have not exhausted all the routes given to us under the bilateral agreement and have room to include more destinations,” Wickremasinghe said.