(MENAFN - NewsIn.Asia) Colombo, Oct 30 (newsin.asia) - Sri Lanka's state run airline, Sri Lankan Airlines, on Monday said it had begun daily direct flights to Melbourne much to the convenience of the large Sri Lankan community residing their and providing global travelers a convenient option to visit Australia.
In a statement, Ajith Dias, Chairman of Sri Lankan Airlines said that this new service would be of great convenience to all segments of travelers, including the large number of Sri Lankans domiciled in Australia, the many Australians who loved to travel overseas and people throughout Asia.
"Sri Lankan expatriates and students form a large and significant community in Australia, and frequently travel back to their native land. Many of them reside in Melbourne, and other cities in the state of Victoria and neighbouring New South Wales, with smaller numbers throughout the rest of Australia and New Zealand," the Airline said.
Captain Suren Ratwatte, CEO of SriLankan Airlines, said that Sri Lankan had been extending its route network in a systemic manner throughout Asia – from the Middle East to the Far East – and could now provide Australian travelers excellent options in connectivity, with one-stop journeys to the most popular destinations via Colombo.
SriLankan presently offers convenient connections to 14 cities throughout India, nine in the Middle East and other destinations such as Male and Gan Island in the Maldives, and Seychelles. SriLankan also operates one-stop twice-daily services between Sri Lanka and Australia with its codeshare partners Qantas and Malaysia Airlines.
An A330 aircraft will be flown between Melbourne and Colombo, with flatbeds in Business Class and sophisticated in-flight entertainment.