Sri Lanka’s state-run Sri Lankan Airlines is doubling flights to China over the next two years and the booming sector is slated to bring up to 15 percent of the airlines’ revenue.
The airline now flies 10 times a week to China (including Hong Kong) which will be increased to 13 this year and 21 over the next two years. With growing affluence larger numbers of Chinese are travelling overseas. Sri Lankan Airlines said that once they were in full swing at 21 flights a week at that time, they looking at 10 to 15 percent of revenues from China.
Sri Lankan is flying to China via Bangkok and taking Chinese tourists to Bangkok, Maldives and Colombo. Regular Colombo – Bangkok traffic keep fills the second leg. Sri Lankan is planning to boost its fleet to 28 from the current 19 over the next four years in a bid to make airline operations profitable.