Sri Lanka gets more Jet flights

Sept 28, 2010 (LBO) – India’s Jet Airways said it plans to introduce daily flights to the Sri Lankan capital Colombo from Delhi and Mumbai to cater to the rising number of visitors to the island. The two new flights starting from November 5, are in addition to the existing daily Chennal Colombo service, with which the airline launched its international operations in 2004, a statement said.

The private carrier, India’s second biggest airline, will deploy 170-seater Boeing 737-800 for the service to Sri Lanka whose launch coincides with the start of the island’s winter tourist season.

“Sri Lanka is fast emerging as a highly rated global tourism destination and we are happy to offer our guests seamless connections to several destinations across our network,” said Nikos Kardassis, chief executive of Jet Airways.

Jet Airways flight 9W 256 will depart Mumbai daily at 0210 hours reaching Colombo at 0445 hours.

On the return sector, flight 9W 255 will depart Colombo at 2020 hours and reach Mumbai at 2255 hours.

On the Delhi-Colombo sector, flight 9W 257 will depart Delhi at 1330 hours and arrive Colombo at 1705 hours and on the return leg, 9W 258 will depart Colombo at 075