SRI LANKAN AIRLINES’ REGIONAL MANAGER SAYS THE AIRLINE IS LOOKING FOR MORE DESTINATIONS IN INDIA.

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He continued by saying that the national carrier of Sri Lanka was eager to resume service at its pre-pandemic frequency.

“We are interested in operating in every location in India since doing so increases our volume and financial possibilities. We are currently working to bring all of our operating locations back to their pre-pandemic frequency, according to Ravindran.

In India, we had ran operations at 11 locations during the pre-pandemic period, he continued. As of right now, we only have nine destinations after dropping Coimbatore and Kolkata. We therefore want to gauge how quickly we can return to those locations. We also have plans to visit Ahmedabad, Calicut, and Goa. We are also considering profitable markets like Odisha.

We currently fly 83 times each week to 83 different destinations, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Cochin, Trivandrum, Chennai, Madurai, and Trichy, he continued.

“Nearly 126 nations are where we do business. In South Eastern locations, we excel. We also conduct business in the Middle East, Frankfurt, London, and Paris. We offer service to a number of cities in the United Arab Emirates, including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah, and Doha, according to the regional manager of Sri Lankan Airlines.

We are currently limited in terms of the number of planes. But once we have the right-sized fleet, we hope to resume operating in India at the pre-pandemic frequency of more than 110 flights per week. With 83 flights each week, we have over 80% of the flights back in service. We’re searching for new places to go so we can make more money,” he continued.

He explained that the Sri Lankan Government and Sri Lankan Tourism Promotion Bureau have announced a variety of efforts to draw more visitors to the nation.

He added that Sri Lanka’s economy was recovering from its crippling problems and returning to normal. He stated that more than 500 delegates attended the Travel Agents Association of India’s 67th annual Conference in Sri Lanka last month and experienced the country’s tourism and hospitality.

“Sri Lanka is recovering nicely, and one of the main ways to boost foreign exchange reserves is through tourism. Everyone is working hard to entice visitors to Sri Lanka from all over the world, including the government, the Tourism Promotion Bureau, and Sri Lankan Airlines. However, India is still our nearest market, according to Ravindran.

He continued by saying that Sri Lankan Airlines was trying to link to additional locations in Odisha, one of the important markets in eastern India.

Nevertheless, he continued, the airline has no firm launch date for flights to Odisha at this moment.

According to him, there are many religious and cultural commonalities between India and Sri Lanka that might significantly increase travel between the two nations.

LOOKING FOR MORE DESTINATIONS IN INDIA

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