SriLankan Airlines has launched direct (non-stop) return flights between London and Male. Previously, UK passengers bound for the Maldives on SriLankan Airlines returned to London via Colombo. SriLankan operates 8 flights from Colombo to London.
Kaushal Seneviratne, SriLankan’s Regional Manager UK, Europe & Americas, said, “The Maldives is one of the destinations of choice among holidaymakers in the UK and other European nations, and is a fast-growing market. SriLankan Airlines and Sri Lanka have traditionally had close ties with the Maldives, and we are happy to strengthen this relationship through our new Male-London service.”
More than 850,000 tourists visited the Maldives in 2007, mainly from Europe. The Indian Ocean nation is famous for its pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and coral reefs teeming with reef fishes of every hue and colour. It is a favourite among upmarket tourists, including water sports enthusiasts and honeymooners.
SriLankan Airlines will operate its long-haul Airbus A340-300 aircraft fleet on the 11-hour route. These contain many on-board comforts such as 18-channel seatback television at every seat with 22 audio channels and 16 video games, with Business Class having a choice of movies on video as well.