SriLankan flights to Toronto
SriLankan Airlines would fly to Toronto for the first time from
October this year.
Minister of Aviation Priyankara Jayaratne said that they would be
operating this flight with a stopover in London Heathrow. "We are
looking at a frequency of seven flights per week," he said.
The Minister said that they have already got the green light for this
proposal and are now considering other logistics.
"There is a major traffic load from Colombo to UK, and there is also
a market from London to Toronto and back," he said.
Minister Jayaratne said they have already informed their agents of
this route and received a positive response.
He said that they will also increase the current 14 flights per week
frequency to Heathrow to 21 within the next few months.
Commenting on the future of SriLankan Airlines, he said that plans
are under way to have more aircraft for the national carrier. "We also
want to strengthen Mihin Lanka which is now making profits during high
seasons," he said.
The roll-out plan for the two airlines is to increase the fleet
strength to around 30 in the near future."Currently, SriLankan has 15
aircraft while Mihin operates two aircraft. "We also want to have more
sea planes as with the increase in tourists arrivals, there is a demand
for this sector as well," the Minister said.
He also disclosed plans by Airport Aviation Services to launch its
own charter passenger helicopter service. "We are planning to commence
this service from the Colombo International Airport to any destination
in Sri Lanka. We are looking now for a suitable helicopter for this
CEO Mihin Lanka, Kapila Chandrasena said the airline is making
profits during some months which is a good trend. "We are still a young
airline and to record profits is creditable," he said.Chandrasena added
that the three new routes - Male, Indonesia and Bangladesh - are drawing
a lot of transit traffic and the introduction of these three
destinations has been a positive move.