SriLankan Airlines Returns to Moscow with Direct Flights

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 2 2021
FT SriLankan Airlines Returns to Moscow with Direct Flights

SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, is delighted to announce the commencement of direct flights between Sri Lanka and Russia. The inaugural flight was ceremonially greeted with a water salute at Domodedovo Airport (DME) in Moscow on Saturday (31 July). The airline resumed flights to the Russian capital, after a break of six years, between Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and Moscow's Domodedovo Airport (DME).

 Accordingly, SriLankan would operate its flights to Russia every Friday using an Airbus A330 configured for 269 economy and 28 business class seats. The frequency of operation will be once a week, having a flight time of around eight hours and 25 minutes. 

 SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ashok Pathirage said, “Sri Lanka has a long-standing relationship with Russia which dates back to many centuries, as we have kept an undiminished friendship propagating trade, tourism, culture, and education. SriLankan Airlines resumes flights to Moscow providing a significant air link that opens to the gateway of the South Asian region. We hope that our flights between the two countries builds a window of opportunity for both countries in terms of trade and tourism.”

“Our frequent flyer programme FlySmiLes provides travellers with a wide range of rewards to its members through a host of partners. Platinum and Gold Members are entitled to a range of privileges such as complimentary lounge access across the oneworld network, priority Business Class check-in and boarding and additional baggage allowances. FlySmiLes’ top tier members can earn and redeem miles on any oneworld member carriers. These privileges have been tailored to create a smooth and hassle-free journey filled with luxury.

 "We are delighted to return to Russia as we add Moscow to our growing route network. Passengers can now transfer or travel to Sri Lanka as restrictions in the country gradually ease for international business and leisure visitors. In time to come we look forward to increasing our cargo and passenger frequencies," stated SriLankan Airlines CEO Vipula Gunatilleka.

Head of Worldwide Sales and Distribution, Dimuthu Tennakoon said, “Recommencing flights between Russia and Sri Lanka is important to us at a time when the global travel industry is seeing a gradual revival, we are extremely confident that these flights will indeed fulfill aspirations of the travelers who want to see the world and would boost travel between both countries.”

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 2 2021

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