Sri Lanka flights to start in June says Dubai budget carrier

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May 30, 2010 (LBO) – Dubai-based budget carrier Flydubai will fly to Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo from June 23, offering one way tickets starting from 13,000 Sri Lanka rupees, media reports and the company website said. The airline is offering a Dubai-Colombo fare for 450 UAE dirhams (1 UAD Dirham = 31.1 Sri Lanka rupees).

“We started 2010 with a determination to add new and exciting destinations to our route network,” chief executive Al Ghaith was quoted as saying on Arabianbusiness.com, a regional news portal.

“With our recent announcements of destinations as far apart as Istanbul, Lucknow, Colombo and Karachi, we have delivered on our promise to establish ourselves as an affordable, accessible airline¦”

ArabianBusiness.com said the route will target 300,000 Sri Lankan expatriates living in the United Arab Emirates. Budget carriers operate no trims flights with extra charges for weight (usually above 10 kilograms) inflight food and even blankets.