SriLankan boosts Goa offering

19th Mar 2007

SriLankan Airlines is adding a third weekly flight to the popular
coastal resort of Goa, moving closer to becoming the first scheduled
foreign airline to have a hundred flights per week to India.Already the foreign carrier with the most frequencies, SriLankan will
have 95 flights to 10 cities in India with the addition of 7 more
flights to Mumbai last month and the new Goa flight scheduled for 30th
March. . SriLankan has 15 weekly flights to Chennai, twice daily to
Mumbai, 13 to Trivandrum, 11 to Kochi, 10 to Trichy, 8 to Calicut, and
daily to New Delhi, Hyderabad, and Bangalore.

Manoj Gunawardena, Head of Worldwide Passenger Sales, said “customer
demand for our services to Goa has been steadily building up and we are
very pleased to offer an additional weekly service. This not only brings
in greater seat capacity on the route but also gives our customers more
flexibility in planning their journeys”


SriLankan offers rapid connections to Goa in Colombo for flights from
Europe, the Middle East, Far East and Southeast Asia. Goa is a popular
destination among European tourists, and also Sri Lankans, with its
relaxed lifestyle, pristine beaches, vibrant nightlife and excellent
hotels. It is also known for its distinct Portuguese architecture and
historic Catholic churches.



Senaka Fernando, Regional Manager India & Maldives, said: “We see a
large number of Goans taking advantage of our flights to visit Sri
Lanka, which is culturally similar, and also travelling onward with us
to other parts of the globe. Our latest flight especially enhances
connectivity between the Middle East and Goa via Colombo.”


The third flight will be on Fridays, adding to the current flights on
Mondays and Saturdays. Flights, which are of approximately of two hours’
duration, depart Colombo at 0545 and arrive in Goa at 0735. They set out
from Goa at 0830 and arrive back in Colombo at 1030.


Amith Sumanapala, General Manager of SriLankan Holidays, the leisure arm
of the airline, said: “We have offered a series of excellent
value-for-money packages in partnership with Goan resorts, which are
very popular. We are also very pleased that Goans snapped up our great
offers to exotic destinations in Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia and other
cities throughout our network.”


SriLankan has positioned Colombo as the gateway to India. With the
launch of services to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia this month, SriLankan
serves 51 international destinations in 28 countries. Its domestic
service, SriLankan Air Taxi, has 14 destinations within Sri Lanka.



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