SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld airline alliance, will be adding three southern Indian cities — Hyderabad, Coimbatore and Visakhapatnam — to its network from July this year.
The new connections are expected to bridge the demand of both Indians and Sri Lankans who have been looking for seamless connections across the region for work and leisure purposes, in Sri Lanka, India and onward destinations.
The introduction of these new routes, along with the scheduled frequency increases in its Delhi and Mumbai services, will see SriLankan operating over 120 flights a week to 14 cities, thus becoming the carrier that serves the highest number of points in India.
Commenting on the developments, SriLankan Airlines Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Siva Ramachandran stated, “India has been a vital part of our strategic expansion where we will continue to explore potential to consolidate our presence. At a time the industry observes consistently developing travel movements around tier two cities as opposed to the traditional hubs, it is timely to offer these connectivity options to our valued passengers. The new routes also reinforce our commitment to strengthen the deep commercial and bilateral ties between India and Sri Lanka.”
The new routes will be serviced by Airbus 320/321 aircraft which will feature an array of bespoke services, world-class in-flight entertainment including a combination of practical timings and signature SriLankan Airlines’ hospitality services. These new routes are introduced with the aim of providing passengers with added convenience, seamless travel and easy onward connectivity from Colombo.
Currently serving key Indian cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Tiruchirappalli, Trivandrum, Cochin, Madurai, Varanasi and Bodh Gaya, SriLankan will be introducing four additional frequencies to its daily services from Delhi and Mumbai in July this year.
SriLankan joined oneworld alliance on May 1, 2014 as the first airline from the Indian Sub-Continent to join any global airline alliance. So far, it has added Tiruchirappalli, Bodh Gaya and Varanasi to the alliance’s route map. As a oneworld member airline, SriLankan Airlines is part of its special fare programme, ‘Visit South Asian Sub-Continent Pass,’ covering the Airline’s network in the Indian Sub-Continent, which encourages visitors to embark on round trips in the region.