SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of oneworld alliance, in a bid to promote greater travel opportunities from India to Sri Lanka, announced strengthening its presence in India with more destinations and frequencies offering travelers to enjoy the freedom of travel.
The decision has been taken alongside SriLankan government’s big announcement to reopen the island nation to fully vaccinated Indian tourists. Currently, India accounts for over 120 million fully vaccinated citizens, which can be a huge potential tourist segment for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka will accept tourists with all vaccines including Covaxin and there will be no quarantine for travellers who test Covid negative on arrival in Sri Lanka. One just needs to be fully vaccinated, with the second shot taken at least 14 days before the trip. A mandatory RT-PCR test will be conducted in the hotel and if anyone tests positive will be taken to health care centers run from hotels. All global Covid protocols like social distancing, & hand sanitation will be strictly followed.
SriLankan Airlines currently operates four flights a week from Chennai, three flights a week from Mumbai, and once a week from Bangalore to its hub in Colombo. To strengthen ongoing operations, SriLankan will be introducing a host of frequency enhancements out of key Indian cities into Colombo effective September 1, 2021. The airline will be resuming services between Colombo and the Indian points; Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Trivandrum and Cochin with flights once a week, whilst Hyderabad and New Delhi will be connected to Colombo with twice-weekly flights.
Further, the Airlines’ operations out of Chennai and Mumbai will expand up to five times a week whilst its Bangalore-Colombo services will be enhanced to flights three times a week. Before the outbreak of the pandemic, the Airline operated an extensive network out of 11 Indian cities over 120 flights a week to Colombo, connecting travellers to the resplendent island and beyond.
SriLankan Airlines currently holds the highest attainable ‘Diamond’ status from the recently concluded APEX Health and Safety Audit, thus affirming its stature as an airline with the highest focus on passenger safety and wellbeing throughout the passenger journey.
(Source: Travel Trade Journal)