Sri Lanka state airline flights not axed

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (L) and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe gesture as Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake (unseen) presents a supplementary budget to parliament, marking the first economic policy statement of the new government which came to power earlier in the month in Colombo on January 29, 2015. Sri Lanka's new government announced hefty taxes on top companies in a bid to raise revenue, accusing the previous regime of fudging the figures and leaving the economy in a "sad state". AFP PHOTO / Ishara S. KODIKARA (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Apr 06, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s state-run SriLankan Airlines said it will continue to operate European routes, two of which were earlier to be axed during off-peak periods. SriLankan Airlines officials had earlier said that it wanted to prune European long haul flights and re-deploy equipment on more lucrative Asian routes to improve the commercial viability of the carrier.

“With May and June in Europe being the traditional off peak, the airline will review its frequencies based on the actual demand in the countries to which SriLankan presently operates to,” SriLankan said in a statement.

“The airline will continue to serve its traditional European gateways which serve a large clientele that fly direct and beyond to several destinations in Europe and the Americas.”

The airline earlier said it was axing flights to Zurich and Rome in May and June which were off-peak.