SriLankan Airlines, which already has over 120 flights a week to 14 destinations in India, plans to increase the flights further, according to SriLankan Airlines Head of Worldwide Sales and Distribution Dimuthu Tennakoon. Last fiscal year 2016-17, the airline carried 1,359,766 passengers from India to Sri Lanka, up from 1,285,325 passengers in 2015-16. This year the airline has already ferried 1,840,611 passengers from India up to September.
“The expansion throughout India focuses not only the hub cities such as New Delhi but also towards Tier-II cities where we see increasing travel movements,” Tennakoon mentioned. As part of this programme , SriLankan Airlines has commenced double-daily flight operations out of Mumbai from this month. Recently, the airline added Coimbatore and Visakhapatnam on to its India network. Currently, SriLankan operates 13 weekly flights out of New Delhi, while there are five daily flights to Chennai.