SriLankan Airlines flies to Goa, expands further into India

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

May 23 (LBO) – SriLankan Airlines will expand services into India, flying to Goa from October this year, with plans to also up frequencies to existing destinations.

SriLankan continues to explore further opportunities by increasing our services to India, and we are currently considering launching services to more cities, as well as increasing the frequency of flights to existing destinations,” Barry Brown, Chief Commercial Officer at SriLankan said in a statement on Tuesday.

The twice weekly flights to the Indian coastal resort town of Goa will also be the national carrier’s fiftieth global destination and the tenth to India.

The flights to Goa will also act as a link for travelers between Goa and destinations in the Europe and the Middle East, top airline officials said.

“We believe this service would be very useful for travellers between Goa on the one hand and our destinations in Europe and the Middle East on the other,” N. Prabaharan, Regional Manager Sri Lanka & Indian Subcontinent said.

“There is also a large volume of traffic between India and Sri Lanka, which is expected to keep on increasing.”

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