SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines recently launched its inaugural flight to Colombo. The Airline now offers three weekly flights to Singapore with same day return flights.
Welcoming SilkAir’s operations to the island, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), Chairman, P M Withana pointed out that more connectivity was needed to the island by increasing the number of international flights across the world to achieve the 2020 tourist arrival target of 4.5 million arrivals. Pic by Kelum Chamara
Withana said “SLTPM was currently working towards bringing down more international airlines to the country to increase connectivity to the country”. Moreover, he said, “Apart from increasing connectivity through flights, we are also looking at the cruise shipping segment.”
SilkAir, Chief Executive, Foo Chai Woo said the launch of SilkAir would help Sri Lanka to promote inbound tourism in to the country. He pointed out that Sri Lankan tour packages were in high demand among Chinese tourists in regional cities such as Chendu.
As SilkAir operates to eight cities in China- more than other airlines, he said it would enable to attract more Chinese tourists to the country.
The new service from Singapore to Colombo, MI428, and Colombo to Singapore, MI 427 would operate three times a week on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, with a same day return flight. The flights would be operated with its Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which features 12 business class seats and 150 economy class seats.
With the introduction of Colombo, SilkAir has extended its network to 53 destinations across 15 countries. Together with Singapore Airlines (SIA), the group offers up to 10 flights a week on the Singapore-Colombo route. The new service is aimed at utilization of the SIA Group’s resources, presenting a better match of capacity to demand.