By Andy Sambidge
Gov't-backed low cost airline Mihin Lanka launches five flights a week to Gulf kingdom
Mihin Lanka, the government-owned airline of Sri Lanka, has started flights to Bahrain.
The budget carrier of Sri Lanka, will initially operate five flights a week to Bahrain scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
Mihin Lanka's commercial flight service, using its Airbus fleet between Sri Lanka and Bahrain, is expected to bolster tourism and commercial ties between the two countries.
Mohamed Khalil, VP Commercial and Marketing of Bahrain Airport Company, said: "The inaugural flight of Mihin Lanka to Bahrain has further strengthened the kingdom's position as an emerging hub for airlines in the MENA region.
"Bahrain international Airport will remain committed in providing its excellent services to all airlines and passengers at the airport as we endeavor in promoting airline success and leading partnership initiatives going forward, and we welcome the latest addition of Mihin Lanka."
Prior to adding Bahrain to its network, Mihin Lanka which has been operating since April 2007, flew to seven destinations including Dubai and Sharjah.
Mihin Lanka currently operates an all Airbus fleet and has plans to expand its fleet further with the introduction of its third aircraft expected in November as well as adding flights to Madurai, Delhi and Katmandu during the winter schedule.