SriLankan Airlines enters codeshare deal with Qatar Airways


June 06, 2016 (LBO) – Members of oneworld alliance Qatar Airways and SriLankan Airlines have strengthened their cooperation with a new bilateral codeshare relationship which will offer customers additional convenience and flexibility.

Qatar Airways said in a statement that both airlines will codeshare on each other’s operations between their hubs – Qatar Airways’ thrice daily Airbus A340-600 operations to Colombo and SriLankan Airlines’ daily Airbus A330-300 operations to Doha.

“The combination of four daily flights between Doha and Colombo will offer customers additional convenience and flexibility,” the statement said.

For the first time, passengers travelling to Colombo on Qatar Airways will be able to connect to the popular holiday hotspot Male, in the Maldives.

Beyond Doha, SriLankan Airlines passengers can transit through Doha’s Hamad International Airport and travel onwards to 20 leisure and business destinations subject to regulatory approvals.

The list includes Europe, USA, Middle East and Africa, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris, Copenhagen, Moscow, Rome, Frankfurt, Geneva, Manchester, Milan, Oslo, Sofia, Stockholm, Vienna, Zurich, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Bahrain and Cape Town.

“Qatar Airways is pleased to have reached a code-sharing agreement with an established oneworld carrier like SriLankan Airlines,” Qatar Airways, Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said.

“It will deepen commercial cooperation and jointly strengthen our competitive offering in the market.”

Qatar Airways said travellers will also benefit from accruing frequent flyer miles, together with other oneworld privileges.