Ukraine International Airlines launches services to Colombo

Wednesday, 9 November 2016 00:04 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

Ukraine International Airlines, the National Carrier of Ukraine, has commenced flights to Colombo from Kiev. The inaugural flight was on 5 November, making UIA one of the few carriers giving direct access to and from Europe to Sri Lanka.

With the number of tourists from Ukraine and East Europe increasing significantly, this flight which will be operated twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays is expected to strengthen the relationship between Ukraine and Sri Lanka.

The flight will be operated using a modern Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with a three-class cabin configuration – Business, Premium Economy and Economy class.


UIA covers a wide range of destinations in Eastern, Western, Central Europe and America. While Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Stockholm, Warsaw, Prague, Georgia, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Minsk, Riga and Yerevan are the more popular destinations to the Sri Lankan market.

“We are extremely pleased that Ukraine International Airlines decided to commence scheduled flights to Sri Lanka at a time where tourists to Sri Lanka is on an upward trend. We feel certain that this new service would open avenues for the tourists from the UIA network to visit Sri Lanka and contribute to the increasing arrivals,” said Hemas Aviation Ltd. Director Dushy Jayaweera.

“We are working closely with Ukraine to ease out the visa procedure for Sri Lankans to open new destinations for Sri Lankan travelers,” said Hemas Aviation Ltd. Manager Operations Tuan Kitchilan. 

UIA is represented by Discover the World Ltd., a subsidiary of Hemas Holdings PLC and is situated at Level 01 – Hemas Building, York Street, Colombo 1. Customers can reach UIA on dedicated number +94 11 4731556 for any assistance.