Route Re-Shuffle

SriLankan Airlines will scale back its flights on a once lucrative Middle East run, as it fights for space with other no-frills carriers that have begun to ply the route.
Carrying mainly labour traffic, the Middle East is among the Airlines top destinations, since it began flying the route some ten years ago.rn

rnThe steady stream of traffic has also turned the route into something of a cash cow for a number of low budget airlines that have set up here, offering cheaper fares.rn

rnldblquote The competition is such that we are seeing a dumping of prices in the Middle East
dblquote , says Srilankans Head of Commercial, G T Jeyaseelan.rn

rnPassenger seat factors, which indicate the occupancy levels of a given flight, have fallen from an average of about 75 percent to just over 60 percent today. rn

rnldblquote We are re-looking at our operations and are streamlining our flights to the Middle East
dblquote , Jeyaseelan told Lanka Business Online in an interview. rn

rnSriLankan currently flies to s