- Airline says already partnering with Rainbow among top three Polish tour operators to promote Sri Lanka as first Asian destination for Polish and other European visitors
- Sri Lanka Ambassador in Poland Dhammika Kumari Semasinghe underscores direct air connectivity between Warsaw and Colombo a major catalyst for tourism and expanding bilateral trade
- Prior to COVID, over 20,000 Polish tourists visited SL annually
Sri Lanka Ambassador in Poland Dhammika Kumari Semasinghe with LOT Polish Airlines Chief Commercial Officer and Board Member Michal Fijol during their meeting in Warsaw yesterday
In a fresh boost to early revival of post-COVID tourism, LOT Polish Airlines will resume direct flights to Sri Lanka from 7 December.
Lot Polish will fly twice weekly to Colombo until the end of the winter season.
Sri Lanka Ambassador in Poland Dhammika Kumari Semasinghe met with LOT Polish Airlines Chief Commercial Officer and Board Member Michal Fijol yesterday and welcomed the resumption of the carrier’s services to Colombo.
The Ambassador underscored that direct air connectivity between Warsaw and Colombo was a major catalyst for expanding bilateral trade and tourism. In 2018 and 2019, Sri Lanka attracted over 20,000 Polish tourists per annum.
Fijol welcomed the Sri Lanka Government’s decision to open its borders for tourism, including the easy and enabling protocols adopted for fully vaccinated foreign travellers. He said that LOT Polish was already partnering with Rainbow, among the top three Polish tour operators, to promote Sri Lanka as the first Asian destination for Polish and other European visitors.
Fijol underlined the importance of countries maintaining easy and consistent entry protocols in the ‘new normal’, which allowed airlines to maintain passenger momentum and uninterrupted operations.
Ambassador Semasinghe and Fijol also discussed viable ways and means to expand cargo operations between Sri Lanka and Poland. Direct logistical connectivity opened a whole new export avenue for Sri Lanka’s fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood products.
Poland, as the biggest economy in Central-Eastern Europe, would easily serve as an effective gateway into the markets in that region through Polish importers and distributorships.