Sri Lankan Airlines to re-start Kochi service, up capacity to Middle East

Mar 02, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lankan Airlines said it is re-starting operations to India’s Kochi with a daily service and is expanding capacity to Karachi in Pakistan and a number of Middle Eastern destinations from March. The daily service to Kochi will start on March 27, increasing Sri Lankan flights to 63 per week.

SriLankan earlier served Kochi from 2003, but had suspended the service in 2009 during a slump in air travel. Before the cutbacks the airlines flew about 100 times a week to India.

Sri Lankan also flies to Chennai, Mumbai, Trichy, New Delhi, Bangalore, and Trivandrum.

SriLankan also launched a new service to Guangzhou in January, its fourth destination in China adding to its network of 51 cities in 32 countries. The airlines is expecting to acquire seven aircraft in 2011.

In 2010 tourist arrivals rose 46 percent from a year earlier.

“Global travelers have once again discovered Sri Lanka, and SriLankan Airlines is expanding services around the world as rapidly as possible to spur on this boom,” SriLankan’s head of worldwide sales Mohamed Fazeel said in a statement.

“We are also acquiring more aircraft while upgrading our product and services to give passengers the most deligh