More SriLankan flights to Chennai and Karachi

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SriLankan Airlines will add more capacity to key destinations in India, in the next few weeks.

Flights to Chennai, the south Indian city, will increase to four frequencies a day, from December 23rd bringing the city’s total frequencies to 28 a week.

The airline operates its A 320 and A 330 airbus fleet on this sector and caters to a mix of passengers from, leisure travellers to business travellers and students from Colombo, to through traffic (connecting passengers) from the Far East and Europe.

SriLankan Airline’s Chief Marketing Officer G.T. Jeyaseelan said: “We are developing Colombo into a hub for the South Asian Region and it is vitally important that we provide the best service for our connecting passengers to south India and other parts of India.  While we are planning to expand our operations into India with more destinations, we are also consolidating our presence in the sub-continent, with enhanced frequencies.”      

“India is one of SriLankan Airline’s best markets and tourist arrivals from India are on the increase,” SriLankan Airlines Regional Manager for India Lalith De Silva said. “There is a heavy demand for additional flights and better frequencies will facilitate us selling more out of the Far East and Europe via Colombo to India,” he added.

The four daily frequencies to Chennai is the airline’s highest frequency to any destination, except Male, to which the airline operates an average of six frequencies a day. Some of these flights are direct operations from Europe and Tokyo and connect to Colombo via Male.  

The departures from Colombo to Chennai are scheduled in the morning and at night, to cater to the varying demands of passengers who use Colombo as a hub to connect to the sub-continent. 

In addition to strengthening the airline’s presence in Chennai, SriLankan Airlines is also increasing its services to Karachi, to a daily frequency from 23 December. Pakistan’s largest city and main financial centre, Karachi, is forecasted to bring potential revenue to the airline with its strong network and good connections to China. 

SriLankan also has plans to operate direct flights to Kathmandu and Dhaka next year.

SriLankan Airlines flies to seven Indian cities, namely Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Trivandrum, Cochin and Trichy with a total of 77 frequencies a week.

SriLankan Airlines flies to 61 destinations in 34 countries in Europe, Middle East, Far East and South Asia and with our codeshare partner to USA, Canada and Australia.