Turkish Airlines to launch direct flights to Colombo in October
Ada Derana: Turkish Airlines, the flag carrier of Turkey, has decided to launch direct flights between Istanbul and Colombo starting from October 2023.
That being so, the airline will cease operating flights between Turkey and Sri Lanka via Malé, the Maldivian capital, as it has been doing for the past 10 years.
The launch of direct flights between Istanbul and Colombo will allow passengers from the island nation to easily travel to 129 countries from the Turkish capital via short-haul flights and short connection time.
It is reported that Turkish Airlines are seeing a growth in the number of reservations made by European tourists for the months of November and December this year, induced by the launch of direct flights.
A discussion in this regard was held between the chairman of Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Limited (AASL) P.A. Chandrasiri and Sri Lanka’s Country Director for Turkish Airlines, Fatih Bozkurt on Monday (June 12).
The expansion in economic activities and the growth in tourist arrivals to the country have resulted in an increase in the number of flights being operated to Sri Lanka by foreign airlines. The increase in direct flights indicate an increase in travellers to Sri Lanka. Apart from showing the overall expansion in Sri Lanka’s economy and thereby the increasing business/investment opportunities in the country, the increase in flights operated to Sri Lanka also indicates an expansion in business/investment opportunities in the country’s airport and aviation industry. Foreign businesses/investors could explore the growing opportunities in the development of supplementary infrastructure facilities required by the airport and aviation sector in line with the increasing air traffic to Sri Lanka.
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