(9th Mar 2005)
SRILANKAN Airlines is adding extensively to its route network and increasing frequencies to several destinations in its summer schedule.
CEO, Mr Peter Hill, said: "This year will probably not be a great year for the tourism industry in our country. But as the infrastructure returns to normal we need to be progressive in our thinking and we have developed a three-phase plan to compliment our marketing objectives."
The airline is starting a new daily service from Colombo to New York's JFK Airport on March 27, to be codeshared with Emirates.
Services to Singapore and Malaysia will be increased with the addition of two new frequencies bringing the number of weekly services to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to 16 and 12 respectively.
Together with Emirates, the airline will operate a total of 33 weekly flights to Frankfurt, Munich and Düsseldorf; 12 weekly flights to Paris and seven frequencies to Zurich.
Daily flights to Abu Dhabi will be introduced, four of these will continue to Doha and three to Bahrain. Direct flights to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will be increased, bringing Dammam to three flights per week and Kuwait to nine per week.
Frequencies to Cochin will be increased from six to 12, Calicut six to nine, Tirichchirrappalli seven to 10, Trivandrum from nine to 11 and Hyderabad from five to seven per week. Pakistan flights will operate from Colombo to Karachi via Bombay thrice weekly.
Beijing will be served thrice weekly via Bangkok. Flights to London will increase from nine to 12 weekly with future plans to start a twice-daily operation.