July 31, 2010 (LBO) – Emirates is to increase the frequency of flights between Sri Lanka and the Maldives to cater to increasing tourist traffic, a statement said.
These flights will be served by Emirates’ Airbus A330-200 aircraft in a three-class configuration, with 12 seats in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class and 183 seats in Economy Class.
Emirates has served the Maldives since April 1987, and also operates 14 flights a week from MalÃ© to Dubai, the airline’s home base. Emirates is to add three extra flights to MalÃ© from August 1, resulting in the airline operating daily flights between MalÃ© and Colombo and increasing its services from four to five flights a week from Colombo to MalÃ©.
The additional flights take Emirates’ services to the Maldives to 19 a week, making the Dubai-based airline one of the most active international carriers serving the country.
“As tourism and economies revive in the region, there is increasing demand for seats on the MalÃ©-Colombo sector,” said Majid Al Mualla, Senior Vice President – Commercial Operations West Asia & Indian Ocean.
Emirates flights EK652 and EK 654 will depart MalÃ© at 16:30