SriLankan Airlines will add direct flights to Middle East

DUBAI — SriLankan Airlines will add more direct flights to the Middle East as it steps up initiatives to sell Sri Lanka and neighbouring India to the Arabian leisure market.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 2 May 2006, 10:48 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:35 PM

All eight SriLankan Airlines’ Middle East destinations will have a minimum of four flights per week from October this year. The enhanced schedule includes direct flights from Colombo to Bahrain and Doha and increased frequencies to Kuwait and Dubai.

Peter Hill, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SriLankan Airlines, said they were encouraged by the positive response from the Middle East leisure sector to their marketing efforts in the region in 2005.

“Our current effort will tap into the multi-billion dollar Middle East outbound travel market, attracting both Arabian nationals and expatriate residents," Hill said.

Sri Lanka’s hill country, with its cool temperatures and lush scenery, is expected to be an attractive destination to Arabian travellers in the summer months. The strategy will also see the airline’s leisure arm SriLankan Holidays stepping up its presence in the Middle East. SriLankan Holidays will launch a number of attractive packaged tours to Arabian nationals and expatriate residents ranging from relaxing holidays in the hills, nature trails, water sports and golf vacations.

“We will add Goa, which is a very popular holiday destination, to our schedule from October, flying twice a week. Arabian travellers are looking for new places to travel and Sri Lanka can offer an exciting blend of cool climates, beautiful scenery, amazing cultural experiences and a host of leisure and sporting activities,” Hill added.

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