Emirates Airlines adds five more flights to Colombo from 10 February
International airline Emirates has reportedly announced plans to add five more flights to Sri Lanka, offering customers 26 weekly flights to Colombo, including a daily service from Male to Colombo.
The airline has announced that starting from 10 February the added services will offer customers more travel choices and flexibility to Sri Lanka’s commercial capital.
Accordingly, the added services are to 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,” Emirates Area Manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives Chandana De Silva has been quoted as saying in the local media.
“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 has 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.
Many international airlines have increased flights operated to Sri Lanka indicating a steady growth in foreign travellers arriving in the country. Sri Lanka has recorded a growth momentum in tourist arrivals as well as foreign businesses, which has caused an overall increase in the country’s economy. Despite facing the impact of the global Covid 19 pandemic, many economic sectors in the country as well as the private sector have shown a growth despite pandemic challenges. Sri Lanka is fast becoming a growing business destination in the South Asian region indicating a growing business potential in the country. Foreign businesses/investors could therefore explore the growing business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka.
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