Swiss leisure airline Edelweiss to commence operating flights to Sri Lanka
Swiss International Airlines is to commence two weekly flights to Sri Lanka from 4 November through the leading Swiss leisure airline Edelweiss. The flights will be operated between Colombo and Zurich for business and private travel.
According to reports, passengers departing to Zurich will have access to Lufthansa Group’s vast European network with excellent flight connections to almost every other European country.
The announcement also coincides with Switzerland now allowing fully vaccinated third country nationals from outside the European Union without quarantine requirements.
“We are delighted to have Swiss restrictions fall for flights from Sri Lanka,” George Ettiyil, who is responsible for all commercial activities in South Asia for the Lufthansa Group airlines, has been quoted as saying.
“We are ready to serve our Sri Lankan customers who want to travel to Switzerland or another European country to have a memorable holiday, visit family and friends or see business partners they haven’t been able to meet in person for more than a year.”
The number of flights operated to Sri Lanka by international airlines are on the increase, indicating an increase in foreign visitors to the country. Sri Lanka’s tourism industry was one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the country when the global Covid 19 pandemic brought about global travel restrictions. However, Sri Lanka has been recording a steady increase in tourist arrivals to the country. With Sri Lankan airports receiving the internationally recognized safety and hygiene certifications, the island has become an attractive destination in post Covid travel. Given the global tourism promotions carried out by Sri Lanka’s tourism industry as well as the country positioning itself as a business destination in the South Asian region, the growth potential of the country’s tourism industry have been noticed by foreign businesses/investors. There have been many foreign investments that have flown to the country in the past few months. Foreign businesses/investors could therefore explore opportunities in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry.
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