SriLankan pursues ME expansion

13th Nov 2006

SriLankan Airlines is enhancing its services throughout the Middle East
and expanding its network by launching flights to Goa, with plans to
commence services to Jeddah shortly.Barry Brown, SriLankan Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer, said: “As a
competitive international carrier, SriLankan Airlines recognizes the
need to explore new markets, and to expand our services in existing
ones. We are regularly reviewing our routes to see how we can best serve
our passengers and adding new services wherever opportunities arise”.

Twice-weekly services to Goa began on 30th October, making it the 50th
destination of the airline, and the 10th in India. This will bring the
total number of Indian flights to 87 per week, maintaining SriLankan’s
position as the largest foreign carrier into the country. Capacity has
also been increased to two other Indian destinations, Bangalore and
Calicut, by upgrading existing flights from Airbus A320s to the
wide-bodied A330s.


Brown added “We expect our Goa service to be very popular, and flights
have been aligned to provide the shortest possible transit time for
passengers on our flights from Europe and the Middle East. The addition
of Goa also gives SriLankan Airlines the unique advantage of being the
only airline to connect passengers with the best beaches in South Asia,
with regular flights to Colombo, the Maldives, Goa and Kerala.”



With its Winter Schedule coming into effect, arrangements are being
finalized to commence flights into Jeddah, which would be its third
destination in Saudi Arabia, the others being Riyadh and Dammam. Jeddah
would be the airline’s 51st destination in 28 countries and this would
increase to 9 the number of destinations in the Middle East, providing
greater connectivity between the region and Asia.


SriLankan Airlines’ Middle East, Africa and CIS Regional Manager Mohamed
Fazeel, said: “The impending launch of services to Jeddah, coupled with
changes to the Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Bahrain schedules, will
improve our services throughout the Middle East.”


Kuwait will receive 10 flights per week, up from 9 previously. Direct
flights to Bahrain from Colombo will also begin, with two flights direct
and two more via Doha. This will improve capacity on flights to both
Doha and Kuwait. Simultaneously, there will be an increase in capacity
on existing flights to Abu Dhabi.

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