Sri Lanka’s Mihin to expand routes, frequencies

Sep 30, 2014 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s state-run budget carrier Mihin Lanka plans to add destinations and increase frequencies on existing route as it plans to meet the growing demand for flights due to an increase in tourism and trade. TThe state-owned airline plans to start flights to Lahore in Pakistan where the airline says has immense potential in export import cargo.

The new route will enhance regional connectivity and strengthen economic and trade ties between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, Rohana Perera, Head of Commercial, Mihin Lanka said.
The potential for export cargo is immense in Lahore as the city is a thriving commercial hub and exports textiles, raw material, carpets, sports goods, surgical equipment, fresh fruits and vegetables,

There is also a significant demand for cargo uplifts from Sri Lanka to Pakistan, especially with the export of beetle leaves which are in high demand.

The airline will fly to Lahore in November 2014 with three flights per week, scheduled every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It will take approximately four hours to fly Lahore the airline said.

At present no other airline directly services the Lahore route, Perera said.

Perera said the city has a g