Sri Lanka carrier plans Nepal, Bangladesh flights, Indian frequencies up

Dec 07, 2011 (LBO) – State-run Sri Lankan Airlines is planning flights to Nepal and Bangladesh in 2012 and is increasing frequencies to India from December 23, the carrier said in a statement. Flights to Chennai will increase to four frequencies a day or 28 a week, from December 23.

“We are developing Colombo into a hub for the South Asian Region and it is vitally important that we provide the best service for our connecting passengers to south India and other parts of India,” the state carrier’s chief marketing officer G T Jayaseelan said in a statement.

“While we are planning to expand our operations into India with more destinations, we are also consolidating our presence in the sub-continent, with enhanced frequencies.”

SriLankan will also expand its service to Karachi in Pakistan to a daily service from December 23. Karachi also has easy connections to China, the airline said.

SriLankan also has plans to operate direct flights to Kathmandu and Dhaka next year.

Chennai will become the second most frequent destination after Male in the Maldives, where the airlines calls six times a day with some flights operating direct from Europe and Tokyo.