Sri Lankan Airlines passenger carriage hits new record

Mar 11, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lankan Airlines had carried 3.2 million passengers in 2007, up 100,000 from the previous year making it the largest volume of passengers it had carried since its creation in 1979, the airline said.

Sri Lankan says it has won an award for being the world’s most efficient operator of Airbus A330s in the small fleet category.

The biggest improvements were in traffic to and from Frankfurt, Bahrain, Doha, Bangkok, and Singapore.

“We remained strong in all regions, and our focus on the Indian market yielded excellent results,” Manoj Gunawardena, head of the airline’s worldwide passenger sales said in a statement.

In India big increases were seen in the number of passengers carried to and from Mumbai, Calicut, Goa, Madras, and Bangalore.

SriLankan last November became the first foreign carrier to operate 100 flights per week to India and now serves 11 cities there.

SriLankan’s aggressive foray into India was spearheaded by its management under Dubai’s Emirates Airlines, which is ending at the end of this month.

A 40 percent stake in the airline then known as AirLanka was sold to Emirates in 1998 who re-branded it as SriLankan.

In the 1998 financial year ending