Qatar Airways gets bullish on SL; reverts to pre-pandemic service offering

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  • Adds fifth daily flight to Colombo; says move to support increased travel demand to and from Sri Lanka

Qatar Airways last week marked a new milestone with the introduction of its fifth daily flight from Doha to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

It said the additional frequency added from 24 February will support increased travel demand to and from Sri Lanka, reinforcing the airline’s role in assisting the ongoing recovery of global travel and tourism in the region.

With this frequency increase, Qatar Airways will be one of the first international carriers to return to its pre-pandemic operations to Colombo, and the only airline to have continued uninterrupted services between Hamad International Airport (HIA) and Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). 

Passengers will be able to enjoy Qatar Airways’ world-renowned in-flight services onboard our flights while exploring one of the most vibrant cities in South Asia.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: “This is a significant milestone, and another testament to the airline’s efforts in leading the industry’s recovery from the pandemic. The additional frequency heralds the start of renewed optimism in travel and tourism to the island, and cements the close ties between our countries.”

The increased frequency comes as a response to the rising demand for travelling to and from Sri Lanka via Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. The additional non-stop daily flight will add more than 1,000 seats to the current weekly capacity, enabling more passengers to seamlessly connect to over 140 destinations within the airline’s extensive global network, including those in Italy, the UK, Switzerland, France, Canada and the US, as well as Oman, Jordan, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). 

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was announced as the ‘Airline of the Year’ at the 2021 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. It was also named ‘World’s Best Business Class’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Airline Seat’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Onboard Catering’ and ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’. The airline continues to stand alone at the top of the industry having won the main prize for an unprecedented sixth time (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021).

Qatar Airways has also become the first global airline in the world to achieve the prestigious 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating by Skytrax. This follows the success of Hamad International Airport (HIA) as the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to be awarded a Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating. 

These awards provide assurance to passengers across the world that the airline’s health and safety measures are subject to the highest possible standards of professional, independent scrutiny and assessment. 

For full details of all the measures that have been implemented on board and at HIA, please visit