SriLankan Airlines has been focusing on the Indian market to strategically expand its operations in the country. During the past years, SriLankan Airlines has established a strong market presence and lasting relationship with the travel partners and industry stakeholders of India. The Airlines hold the widest coverage in India, and India is Sri Lanka’s Number One source of inbound tourist traffic. From the early days, India has been a vital partner in SriLankan Airlines’ route network. Today, it directly operates to 14 Indian destinations with a total of 135 flights a week.
“We are keen on increasing the destinations and flight frequencies in India as the demand is constantly on the rise. With the new development ventures, we anticipate significant passenger numbers from our key contributors to inbound tourism traffic- India, China, Europe, Australia and Maldives. We have already introduced three new destinations in 2017 namely Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Coimbatore that commenced operations with four frequencies a week,” shares Chinthaka Weerasinghe, Country Manager, Srilankan Airlines. “The Indian government authorities and related state institutions have always been a firm supporter to all SriLankan Airlines and Sri Lanka Tourism projects. We hope that this bond between the two nations will be strengthened through the evolving business structure of SriLankan Airlines,” he adds.
Srilankan Airlines is focused on expanding the operation and enhancing the services in India. The Delhi- Northern India and Bombay-Western India flights were increased to 11 frequencies from July 7, 2017. Subsequently, due to the high market demand, they intend to further increase these frequencies to 13 flights per week to Delhi- Northern India and 14 flights a week to Bombay-Western India by 2018.