Guest Post by Travelette
My partner has been wanting to make a trip to Colombo, and I thought it might be good to have a check on the flights to the destination. In doing so, I stumbled upon the below, and thought it might prove useful to those who were considering to fly one of the three below mentioned airlines.
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates has recently reported its plan to increase its Abu Dhabi-Colombo service from 7 flights per week to a double daily schedule from February 16th, 2014.
The Colombo service was relaunched in January 2010.
Operated with an Airbus A320 aircraft fitted with 16 Pearl Business Class seats and 120 Coral Economy Class seats, the new service will add over 1,900 seats per week on the Abu Dhabi-Colombo route.
The new flights will also offer a 46 percent increase in the number of connections to key destinations in the U.K., Europe, Africa and the GCC via the airline’s hub in Abu Dhabi. Etihad Airways, hopes that in doing so, their new second daily flight to Colombo will strengthen their position in Sri lankan market and also provides their clients with more convenient travel options and improved connections to key destinations globally. The plan is also aimed at strenghtening the commercial and cultural ties between Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates.
Original Article here Etihad Airways increases Sri Lanka flights to double daily
Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar have recently been focused on Colombo.
In addition to the above news on Etihad Airways, do also check out the below headlines, in case this might be useful in your next travel plans to Colombo:
* From 2 Jan 2014 : Qatar Airways is expanding capacity to Sri Lanka, as 1 of 3 daily service switches to Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, replacing A320/321. Capacity therefore increases by over 200%,
* Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, will increase capacity on its services to Colombo from end June 2013, with the addition of three more flights per week.
In addition for Oneworld flyer the increase in the Qatar flights, BA’s new connecting service from London to Male then Colombo, as well as the early 2014 arrival of SriLankan Airlines to the alliance will open up a significant number of new earning and redemption options. It’s also worth noting that Cathay Pacific and Royal Jordanian already provide services to Colombo.
I am guessing the above increase in services and capacity would see a new increase in the number of guests flying towards the beautiful destination as well as flying the three Middle Eastern airlines. Looking forward to my experience soon 🙂