Qatar Airways re-establishes pre-pandemic levels of service to Sri Lanka
Qatar Airways has announced that it marked a new milestone with the introduction of its fifth daily flight from Doha to Colombo in Sri Lanka that commenced on 24 February 2022.
The airline issued a statement noting that the additional frequency will support increased travel demand to and from Sri Lanka, reinforcing the airline’s role in assisting the ongoing recovery of global travel and tourism in the region.
According to the airline’s statement, with this frequency increase, Qatar Airways will be one of the first international carriers to return to its pre-pandemic operations to Colombo, and the only airline to have continued uninterrupted services between Hamad International Airport (HIA) and Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB).
Passengers will be able to enjoy Qatar Airways’ world-renowned in-flight services onboard our flights while exploring one of the most vibrant cities in South Asia, the statement read.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker has stated, “This is a significant milestone, and another testament to the airline’s efforts in leading the industry’s recovery from the pandemic. The additional frequency heralds the start of renewed optimism in travel and tourism to the island, and cements the close ties between our countries.”
The statement has further mentioned that the increased frequency came as a response to the rising demand for travelling to and from Sri Lanka via Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa, and that the additional non-stop daily flight will add more than 1,000 seats to the current weekly capacity, enabling more passengers to seamlessly connect to over 140 destinations within the airline’s extensive global network, including those in Italy, the U.K., Switzerland, France, Canada and the U.S., as well as Oman, Jordan, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Sri Lanka is on the path to recovery after facing the Covid 19 pandemic and the steadily increasing number of tourist arrivals to the country are testament to this fact. The increasing number of foreign travellers to the country have increased the number of flights operated to Sri Lanka by international airlines. All these also show a steady growth in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry. The country’s tourism authorities are also engaged in promoting Sri Lanka in key foreign source markets while also exploring new tourism concepts. The growth in tourism has opened business/investment opportunities in the country’s leisure and hospitality sectors. Many international hospitality brands have expressed interest in investing in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry as well.
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