flydubai to serve Sri Lanka
Flydubai has revealed that it will fly to the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, four times weekly from 23 June with prices starting from AED 450 one way.FZ555 will leave Dubai International Airport Terminal 2 at 18:55 and arrives in Colombo at 01:10 local time the following day. The return flight FZ556 will leave Colombo at 02:10 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in Dubai at 05:10 local time. “We started 2010 with a determination to add new and exciting destinations to our route network. With our recent announcements of destinations as far apart as Istanbul, Lucknow, Colombo and Karachi, we have delivered on our promise to establish ourselves as an affordable, accessible airline with a professional service and a network to be proud of by the anniversary of our first flight,” said flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith.”Sri Lanka is a great destination for us to have in our network, and once again we are complementing the existing services on the route. The more options for passengers the better and we believe our simple, low cost service will be very popular with the 300,000 Sri Lankans expats living in the UAE as well as tourists looking for an affordable tropical getaway.” Sri Lanka, famous for its tea plantations, cricket team, tropical highland forests and beaches, has a population of more than 20 million. Colombo, with around 700,000 residents is by far the country’s largest city.The inaugural flight on 23 June will be perfect timing for Sri Lankans wanting to return home to celebrate the Vel festival with their families, in July. A carnival atmosphere takes over the city with street entertainment, elephant processions, music, ceremonial dancing and fireworks.