Wizz Air Abu Dhabi to commence flight operations to Sri Lanka’s Mattala International Airport
The ultra-low-cost national airline of the UAE, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, has reportedly launched a new route from Abu Dhabi to Sri Lanka’s Mattala International Airport as the airline adds its first destination to South Asia. This move is expected to allow customers from across the broader Wizz Air network to travel via Abu Dhabi to Sri Lanka.
Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Managing Director Michael Berlouis has been quoted as saying, “Sri Lanka is an exciting destination that has everything; beautiful beaches, a diverse cultural heritage, historical sites dating back thousands of years, and even a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation)-listed World Heritage Site. It is truly a must-see travel destination. We are proud to be providing our customers ever more convenient, affordable opportunities for relaxation and adventure and look forward to seeing you on board our aircraft to the island paradise soon.”
Sri Lanka’s State Minister of Aviation and Export Zones Development D.V. Chanaka has stated, “It is indeed a happy occasion as Wizz Air announces its three-time-a-week scheduled operations to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA). The airport is strategically surrounded by the most preferred tourist attractions in the island which makes it easy for the tourists to get about, be it the sandy beaches, hill country, wildlife parks, etc. With Wizz Air’s low airfare rates we also anticipate the Sri Lankan employee market in the UAE to vastly benefit from travel between the two regions, which is expected to be extremely economical. Further, the tourism sector in Sri Lanka will vastly grow with short and long-stay tourists arriving in the island while increasing connectivity between cities and other airlines around Wizz Air schedules. I am positive that the route will be a success and wish Wizz Air a successful air operation here in Sri Lanka.”
According to reports, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi network also provides ultra-low fare, hassle-free, and efficient travel options to Alexandria, Egypt; Amman, Jordan; Aqaba, Jordan; Athens, Greece; Baku, Azerbaijan; Belgrade, Serbia; Kutaisi, Georgia; Manama, Bahrain; Muscat, Oman; Sarajevo, Bosnia; Sohag, Egypt; Tel-Aviv, Israel; Tirana, Albania; and Yerevan, Armenia, among others.
The number of flights operated to Sri Lanka by international airlines have shown an increase in the past few months, indicating a steady growth in tourist arrivals to the country. The positioning of the country as a growing business destination in the South Asian region has also resulted in an increase in business travellers visiting Sri Lanka. All these factors have resulted in the expansion of Sri Lanka’s airport and aviation industry as well as the tourism industry, especially in the leisure and hospitality sectors. The positive growth witnessed by these industries have opened up a host of new direct as well as indirect business/investment opportunities.
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