SriLankan Airlines hosted Colombo-Melbourne direct fight pre-launch ceremonies in Melbourne on 25th July and in Sydney on 27th July
The event marked with dignitaries, airline representatives and tour operators from Sri Lanka, Maldives and India
SriLankan Airlines will begin daily direct flights between Melbourne and Colombo from October 29.
As previously reported by news-inflight, this marks a long-awaited return to Australian skies by Sri Lankan Airlines..
The flights will run on an Airbus A330-200 jet with 18 lie-flat business class seats in a 2-2-2 arrangement.
More importantly, Australia accounts for one of the largest Sri Lankan communities living outside Sri Lanka, out of which almost 50 per cent lives in and around Victoria, making Melbourne the convenient terminus for their departures and arrivals.
For the convenience of travellers seeking onward connectivity from its Colombo hub, SriLankan currently connects over 12 Indian points with over 100 flights a week, which includes services to/from Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Trivandrum, Tiruchirappalli, Cochin, Mumbai, New Delhi, Visakhapatnam, Coimbatore and Hyderabad to its route network