Emirates set to add more Sri Lanka flights

Dubai-based carrier says it will add three flights per week to Colombo from June 30
By Andy Sambidge
Thu 23 May 2013 12:37 PM

Emirates Airline has announced plans to increase capacity on its services to Sri Lanka from June 30, with the addition of three more flights per week.

The three extra services will operate between Dubai and Colombo on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays, the Dubai carrier said in a statement.

It added that it will increase the number of flights between the two cities to four each day on those days, and take the total number of weekly Emirates flights serving Colombo to 31.

“This increase in capacity to Colombo demonstrates Emirates’ continuing commitment to the destination” said Chandana de Silva, Emirates’ Area Manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives.

“The demand for seats to Colombo is increasing, and these additional flights will enable more people to visit the city whether to visit friends and family, for leisure or on business.”

The three new flights will be operated with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in two class configuration, adding 126 Business Class and 1,158 Economy Class seats each way per week on the route, as well as 23 tonnes of additional capacity for cargo per flight.

In March, UAE budget carrier flydubai said it is to double its daily flights to Sri Lanka starting from June 3.

The announcement from the Dubai-based airline followed the inauguration of the new Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Hambanota.

The carrier also operates daily flights to Colombo, Sri Lanka’s largest city.

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