This year promises to be an interesting one for world aviation. Fuel prices are near historic lows and global demand remains strong. SriLankan Airlines, similar to international carriers world over, has had to respond to this highly competitive market environment by re-evaluating its current operations and re-deploying capacity to more sustainable routes and destinations.
Accordingly, London will remain SriLankan’s main gateway to Europe. Currently, SriLankan is the only airline to operate non-stop flights between London and Colombo. The Airline will continue to provide its passengers the best of flying experiences on-board the fleet of its state-of-the-art A330-300 aircraft, deployed on this route. While Paris operations will continue with four weekly frequencies, a fifth Frankfurt frequency will be added from July 2016, which will continue during summer 2016.
In order to increase capacity on more commercially viable routes, SriLankan will discontinue operations to Rome from May 1, 2016. Nevertheless, with its strong network of codeshare partners, SriLankan will continue to provide onward connectivity to many European and North American destinations.
Making a significant capacity increase to the Middle East, SriLankan will start operating daily flights to Riyadh and six flights a week to Jeddah. The national carrier currently serves seven key hubs in the Middle East, i.e., Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha, Dammam, Riyadh, Jeddah and Kuwait with a total of 42 flights a week.