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SriLankan Airlines further strengthens its presence in India

Posted on 13 June 2017 by admin

 

New services to Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Coimbatore

Colombo June 13, 2017: SriLankan Airlines will further strengthen its position as the largest foreign carrier into India with the launch of services to three more cities – Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Coimbatore – in July 2017, increasing to 14 the number of cities in the vast Indian market. Accordingly services to Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Coimbatore commence on 8th, 12th and 16th July respectively.

SriLankan currently operates 108 flights per week to Chennai, Trichy, Trivandrum, Mumbai, New Delhi, Gaya, Madurai, Varanasi, Kochi, Bangalore and Kolkata.

SriLankan Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Siva Ramachandran said: “We are leveraging on our vast network in India to offer travelers to and from India increased opportunities to connect to our destinations throughout the Middle East, the Far East and the Indian Ocean region. The new routes would allow more Indian travelers to enjoy the experience of Sri Lanka’s many tourist attractions. The island’s tourism industry has witnessed a tremendous rate of growth in recent years, with over 2 million visitors in 2016, a growth of 14% over the previous year. India, the largest tourism market to Sri Lanka, accounted for 356,729 visitors to the island in 2016, and 110,891 in the first four months of 2017.We are also commencing daily non-stop services to Melbourne from October 29th this year, which will provide rapid connectivity between Australia and key Indian cities in our network.”

Indian travelers would also be able to enjoy seamless connections to the popular island resort nation of the Maldives, where SriLankan is also the largest airline. It is also the only airline operating to Gan Island in the southern part of the island chain, as well as to the capital Male.

The addition of Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Coimbatore will increase SriLankan’s global route network to 104 cities in 48 countries. As a member of the prestigious oneworld alliance, SriLankan also offers its passengers connectivity to over 1,000 cities in 160 countries that are served by its oneworld partner airlines.

Coimbatore will be SriLankan’s fourth major destination in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, where it already serves Chennai, Madurai and Trichy. Hyderabad is the capital of southern India's state of Telangana and is a major centre for the country’s technology industry; while Visakhapatnam is a port city and industrial centre in the state of Andhra Pradesh, on the Bay of Bengal.

The flight schedules are as follows:

From

To

Departure

Arrival

Days of operation

Colombo

Hyderabad

0700 hrs (local time)

855 hrs
(local time)

 

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Hyderabad

Colombo

0950 hrs
(local time)

1145 hrs
(local time)

 

 

From

To

Departure

Arrival

Days of operation

Colombo

Visakhapatnam

0710 hrs (local time)

0910 hrs
(local time)

 

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Visakhapatnam

Colombo

1010 hrs
(local time)

1215 hrs
(local time)

 

 

From

To

Departure

Arrival

Days of operation

Colombo

Coimbatore

1330 hrs (local time)

1435 hrs
(local time)

 

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

Coimbatore

Colombo

1535 hrs
(local time)

1645 hrs
(local time)

 

Corporate Communications

SriLankan Airlines

www.srilankan.com

 

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Download SriLankan Airlines’ Free Viber sticker pack

Posted on 01 June 2017 by admin

Colombo, June 01 2017: SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld airline alliance, continuing to reach out to its followers and fans in Sri Lanka and India, has introduced a range of colorful Viber stickers to increase brand awareness and constantly engage with their fans through Viber with latest news and travel offers. These beautiful stickers can be downloaded for free till July 30, 2017.

 The 36 stickers have captured the most commonly used greetings and expressions exchanged on Viber, and given them a travel and an airline flavor, thereby making them even more exclusive and unique for the senders as well as receivers.

 Commenting on the initiative, SriLankan Airlines General Manager Marketing – Saminda Perera said, “Sri Lanka and India have been two of our focus markets where we continue to strengthen our presence through various initiatives and activations. This is the first time that an airline has launched Viber stickers in these markets and we anticipate a favorable response from our followers. We are the only international airline in India to do so”

 India is considered the biggest Viber market for sticker exchange in South Asia, and with this move, SriLankan Airlines aims to capture the hearts of Indian consumers while providing them the opportunity to share their sentiments through these specially designed stickers. Over 26 Billion stickers were shared on Viber last year with over 5.6 Billion being shared in the South East Asia region. The Airline is aiming to use Viber Public Chat as a prime medium to communicate exclusive offers to both Indian and Sri Lankan customers.

 Currently, SriLankan operates over 100 flights to eleven Indian destinations; which include Chennai, Tiruchirappalli, Trivandrum, Cochin, New Delhi and Mumbai. From July this year, the Airline will be introducing four additional frequencies to its New Delhi and Mumbai services. Next month, SriLankan will also be adding three more vibrant Indian destination to its global route network, which are, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Coimbatore.

 SriLankan currently provides connectivity to 101 destinations in 48 countries (including codeshare operations) via its Colombo hub.

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SriLankan Airlines

www.srilankan.com

 

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SriLankan Airlines to establish its presence in Australia

Posted on 29 May 2017 by admin

SriLankan Airlines to establish its presence in Australia

Melbourne joins the Airline’s global route network from October 2017

 

 

Colombo May 28, 2017: SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the prestigious oneworld alliance, will be establishing its presence in Australia with daily non-stop services to Melbourne commencing October 29th this year.

Australia is home to one of the largest Sri Lankan expatriate communities, many of whom reside in and around Melbourne, the capital of Australia’s ‘Garden State’, Victoria. This factor, together with the tremendous potential for business travel and Victoria’s growing student population convinced the Airline to plan for the launch of non-stop daily services to Melbourne.

The non-stop services will also facilitate passengers from the Middle East and South Asia seeking onward connectivity via Colombo to/from Australia.

SriLankan Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer, Captain Suren Ratwatte said “Our presence in Australia cements the long-standing relationship between our two countries. We recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our nations, and the addition of Melbourne signifies our strategy of optimizing the Airline’s network in line with our restructuring. This also means that we have connected another continent to our global route map. On the other hand, given the number of Sri Lankans residing in and around Victoria, we fulfill a long felt need for a direct service. We are proud to welcome all the diverse residents of Victoria who can now enjoy the direct connections when visiting their friends and families throughout our network.”

The Airline will be operating Airbus 330-200 aircraft on the route, offering its passengers modern in-flight comforts complemented with its award winning service and the world renowned Sri Lankan warmth and hospitality.

The flight schedule is as follows;

From

To

Departure

Arrival

Days of operation

Colombo

Melbourne

2350 hrs (local time)

1525 hrs
(local time)

 

Daily

Melbourne

Colombo

1655 hrs
(local time)

2215 hrs
(local time)

 

SriLankan Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Siva Ramachandran said, “Despite the absence of direct connections, we have witnessed a steady increase in passengers travelling between Colombo and Melbourne via various Asian connecting points such as Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Our direct services will give us a definite advantage as SriLankan is the only carrier that is able to offer connectivity of this nature at this time. We also offer seamless onward connections beyond Colombo to a range of destinations in the Indian Sub-Continent and Middle East. With the launch of the new services, SriLankan Airlines’ passengers will also have the choice of flying to other Australian cities such as Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide as well as Auckland, New Zealand. SriLankan Airlines will continue to explore potential expansion opportunities across its network in order to facilitate the envisaged growth in business.”

Australia’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Mr. Bryce Hutchesson said, “We congratulate SriLankan Airlines on the addition of a direct flight to Australia.   Direct air connections between countries stimulate two-way tourism, business, trade and people-to-people exchange which are the core ingredients for a vibrant bilateral relationship.  We are seeing a growing number of Australians looking to travel to Sri Lanka for tourism and business, and to reconnect with family.  And we welcome the growing number of Sri Lankans travelling to Australia for education, business, to explore Australia’s culture and natural wonders, and of course to catch up with family and friends.”

Widely known as “a city for all seasons,” Melbourne offers the travellers a wide variety of historic and natural attractions along with urban cityscapes preserving colonial architecture. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, offers heritage, wildlife as well as adventure sports and surfing hotspots for the adventurous Australian traveller. Over the years, the two countries have shared a mutual passion– cricket, which has inspired fans to travel the distance in support of their respective home teams.

More importantly, Australia accounts for one of the largest Sri Lankan communities living outside Sri Lanka, out of which almost 50 per cent lives in and around Victoria, making Melbourne the convenient terminus for their departures and arrivals.

For the convenience of travellers seeking onward connectivity from its Colombo hub, SriLankan currently connects over 10 Indian points with over 100 flights a week, which includes services to/from Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Trivandrum, Tiruchirappalli, Cochin, Mumbai and New Delhi. SriLankan will be adding Visakhapatnam, Coimbatore and Hyderabad to its route network in July this year, further expanding its presence in India.

 The Airline’s Middle Eastern services include over fifty weekly flights to/from nine Middle Eastern destinations, including daily services out of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, Bahrain and Kuwait. The Airline also offers its passengers the option of exploring popular holiday destinations such as Seychelles and Maldives’ Male and Gan Island.

These operations will further complement the existing double daily services offered by SriLankan Airlines between Sri Lanka and Australia via Singapore and Kuala Lumpur with its codeshare partners, Qantas and Malaysia Airlines.

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SriLankan Airlines

www.srilankan.com

 

 

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