Sri Lanka looking at establishing direct air connectivity between Myanmar and Colombo
Sri Lanka looking at establishing direct air connectivity between Myanmar and Colombo

Sri Lanka looking at establishing direct air connectivity between Myanmar and Colombo

Sri Lanka is reportedly engaged in discussions with Myanmar Airways International (MAI), a private carrier based in Myanmar, to establish direct air connectivity between the two countries.

This was revealed in a press release issued by Sri Lanka’s Embassy in Myanmar.

The Ambassador-designate of Sri Lanka to Myanmar Dr Nalin de Silva had reportedly stressed the importance of cultural and historical ties between Sri Lanka and Myanmar in a meeting held with the top management of MAI.

Chief Executive Officer Saravanan Ramasamy and Chief Commercial Officer Tanes Kumar had represented MAI in the discussion.

De Silva had highlighted the importance of direct air connectivity in promoting tourism between both countries, the statement has further noted.

According to the release, travelers between the two countries spend considerable time at transits while the flight time is just less than three hours.

De Silva had further assured that there would be sizeable traffic between these two destinations due to historical, cultural, and religious ties.

The CEO of MAI had agreed to conduct feasibility studies on the viability of the proposal as a part of their post COVID development plan, the statement has added.

OSL take:

Sri Lanka during the past few years has been establishing direct travel routes with many foreign countries in the region as well as outside. Establishing direct air travel between global destinations is a key factor when positioning Sri Lanka as a business hub in the South Asian region. Sri Lanka’s geographical positioning in the Indian Ocean, ease of doing business environment and the many trade agreements as well as trade concessions enjoyed by the country have helped its positioning as a business hub in the South Asian region. Foreign airlines could therefore explore business opportunities in entering Sri Lanka’s aviation sector. 

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