Sri Lanka route to slash Asia-Africa travel time

Oct 28, 2013 (LBO) – Travel time to African destinations from South Asia and the Far East will be cut by around three hours through a new route from Sri Lanka via Seychelles, an official said. Asia is an aviation growth region especially in the ASEAN region with privately owned budget carriers coming on expanding fast and states rapidly de-regulating airspace giving more freedoms to people.

Airbus, in its long term forecast has said Colombo is expected to be one of 90 ‘mega-cities’ that will carry 10,000 long-haul passengers a day by 2032. By 2012 there were 42 such hubs.

Sri Lanka state-run budget carrier Mihin Lanka will fly twice a week to Mahe in Seychelles from November operating Airbus A320 aircraft, code-sharing with sister full service carrier SriLankan Airlines.

Kapila Chandrasena chief executive of both airlines said passengers on SriLankan’s network from South Asia and the Far East could book on the two airlines to travel to Seychelles and onwards to Africa.

Travel time to the continent is expected to be cut by around three hours through Colombo.

Mihin Lanka already has an arrangement with Air Seychelles for passengers to connect to Africa.