- Boosts services with 26 weekly flights
- Emirates Area Manager Chandana De Silva says Sri Lanka is a key market, proud to support trade and tourism recovery
- Opines additional flights will provide more space for export cargo, essential imports like pharmaceuticals
Emirates yesterday announced it will add five more flights to Sri Lanka, offering customers 26 weekly flights to Colombo, including a daily service from Male to Colombo.
Starting from 10 February, the added services will offer customers more travel choices and flexibility to Sri Lanka’s commercial capital.
The added services will operate every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Emirates flight EK654 will depart Dubai at 1035 hrs and arrive in Colombo at 1625 hrs local time. The return flight EK655 will depart Colombo at 2205 hrs and arrive in Dubai at 0155 hrs the following day, local time.
“Sri Lanka is a very important market for us and we are proud to play an important role in supporting the country’s trade and tourism recovery. The idyllic destination attracted nearly 200,000 tourists in 2021, and arrivals in December and January have been encouraging,” said Emirates Area Manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives Chandana De Silva.
“Emirates is happy to be in a position to play a facilitating role by increasing seat capacity to Colombo. The additional flights will also provide more space for export cargo and essential imports like pharmaceuticals,” he added.
Emirates has deployed its modern Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration on flights to Colombo, offering private suites in First Class, lie-flat seats in Business Class and spacious seats in Economy Class. The additional frequencies will add another 1,780 seats into Colombo per week, and Emirates SkyCargo will offer an additional 100 tonnes of cargo capacity each way per week between Dubai and Colombo.
Travellers to and from Sri Lanka benefit from Emirates’ award-winning service and industry-leading products in the air and on the ground across all classes, with regionally inspired dishes and complimentary beverages and the airline’s ice inflight entertainment system which offers more than 4,500 channels of on-demand entertainment in over 40 languages, including movies, TV shows, and an extensive musical library along with games, audiobooks and podcasts.
Emirates has been gradually rebuilding its global network in a safe and sustainable manner and has resumed passenger services to over 120 passenger destinations, allowing travellers to conveniently connect to the Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and the Asia Pacific via Dubai.