SriLankan Airlines to amp up post-Covid operations for Indian travellers

SriLankan Airlines recently announced post-Covid increase in flight opearations for Indian travellers. The destinations that were temporarily halted due to the pandemic, restore operations to pre-COVID-19 levels offering multiple connections to Sri Lanka. Currently, SriLankan Airlines operates flights from 9 cities in India with 54 weekly flights. The new routes are indicative of the Airline’s continuous commitment to enhance its network and the travel options available to its passengers worldwide. It is operating out of the following Indian cities: Chennai; Tiruchirappalli; Madurai; Bangalore; Hyderabad; Trivandrum; Kochi; Delhi and Mumbai. The Airline introduced a special “buy one and get one free” offer to Indian travelers in the past four months to entice them to travel to Colombo and beyond on SriLankan Airlines. The offer was timed along with the Sri Lankan Government’s announcement to reopen the island to fully vaccinated Indian tourists and was very successful. Furthermore, the Airline increased its frequency of flights from and to India to bring about greater convenience and choice to Indian passengers.

Speaking at the press meet, SriLankan Airlines’ Chairman, Ashok Pathirage, said “India is our biggest market, and we are dedicated to re-establish operations to full scale where the Indian market is concerned. We continued to operate both passenger and cargo flights to and from India even during periods of lockdown and despite many global travel restrictions. It is an ideal time to create awareness in the Indian market and build confidence among travellers to book with the Airline as lockdowns are being lifted and global travel restrictions are eased.”

Chairman of SriLankan Airlines Chairman, Ashok Pathirage (center) with his team in Delhi

“The inflow of tourists from India to Sri Lanka has increased considerably in the last few months, with Sri Lanka being one of the first few countries to open borders and welcome fully vaccinated Indian travelers including those who have taken Covaxin. India continues to be one of Sri Lanka’s most significant source markets for international travelers, “he said.

“The Airline was able to adapt to meet the changing needs of the industry as the pandemic raged on and played a key role in bridging countries and facilitating the movement of people and critical supplies, including between India and Sri Lanka,” stated Richard Nuttall, Chief Commercial Officer of SriLankan Airlines.

Accordingly, Cargo operations emerged as a key activity in the Airline’s business model, and SriLankan plans to introduce more dedicated Cargo flights to its operation. SriLankan Airlines’ Head of Worldwide Sales and Distribution, Dimuthu Tennakoon, said that the Airline is now forging ahead with plans and investments to reestablish its presence in the Indian market. Additionally, there is a pan-India brand campaign in progress at the moment.

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