Cathay Pacific to resume flights to Colombo from February 2024
Daily FT: Cathay Pacific has announced the resumption of flights to and from Colombo beginning 2 February 2024 after a four-year hiatus.
It will operate three flights per week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with an Airbus A330 aircraft.
The aircraft is configured in a two-cabin-class layout with 293 seats, comprising 28 in Business class, and 265 in Economy.
Cathay said the resumption marks the revival of a long-standing aviation partnership between Hong Kong and Sri Lanka. For both business and leisure travelers, the flights will serve as a gateway, offering exceptional connectivity via Hong Kong to the Chinese Mainland, North America, Northeast Asia, and the Southwest Pacific.
As Sri Lanka continues to welcome a growing number of leisure and business travelers, while recognizing the diversity of Colombo’s travelers, Cathay Pacific is gearing up to embark on a new chapter of connectivity, convenience, and customer satisfaction.
Cathay’s Regional Head of Customer Travel and Lifestyle, South Asia, Middle East and Africa Anand Yedery said: “This is an important occasion as we announce the relaunch of flights from Colombo. Cathay Pacific’s return not only signifies our commitment to our customers, but also showcases the vital role Sri Lanka plays in our network.”
“In the past few years, we have invested in our product and inflight experience, including the dining menu, entertainment and more. We are excited to have our customers experience these service enhancements, convenient connections to key destinations worldwide such as Melbourne and Toronto, and our intermodal air-to-sea ferry options for travel into the Greater Bay Area. We look forward to welcoming Sri Lankan travelers aboard our flights and delivering a journey that exceeds their expectations,” Yedery added.
In addition to passenger services, Cathay continues to play a significant role in the economy by supporting local industries and connecting them to the world through its air cargo services. Cathay Cargo’s expertise ensures vital goods reach their destinations swiftly and securely, re-enforcing its brand ethos – “We Know How”.
Many international airlines have increased flights being operated to Sri Lanka during the past few months. It is a clear indication of the increase in foreign travelers visiting Sri Lanka. This has resulted in an expansion in business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka’s tourism, airport and aviation sectors. In the tourism industry, there are growing opportunities in the leisure and hospitality sectors. In the airport and aviation sectors, there’s an increase in opportunities in the development of supplementary infrastructure facilities required by the sector in line with the ongoing increase. With Sri Lanka also working towards becoming an emerging business destination in the South Asian region, the growth and business potential in the country, will provide a host of lucrative business/investment opportunities to foreign businesses/investors.
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