flydubai to fly double daily to Sri Lanka this summer

19 March 2014

flydubai, Dubai’s innovative low-cost airline, announced that it will fly double daily to Sri Lanka starting this summer, bringing the total number of weekly flights to 14.

Carrier to increase its frequency to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport from 03 June 2013

Dubai, UAE: flydubai, Dubai's innovative low-cost airline, announced that it will fly double daily to Sri Lanka starting this summer, bringing the total number of weekly flights to 14.

The announcement comes a week after the carrier attended the inaugural ceremony for Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (also known as Hambantota Airport). Having announced a three times a week service; Sri Lanka's second international gateway will be served with daily services starting from 03 June 2013. This service is in addition to the current daily flights to Colombo.

flydubai's Chief Commercial Officer, Hamad Obaidalla, who headed the delegation to the newly inaugurated airport, said: "The additional flights are in direct response to strong passenger demand across our network and we are delighted to contribute to the successful developments in the trade and tourism sectors taking place in the eastern and southern part of the island. We've been impressed by the facilities at the new airport and we're certainly excited about the opportunities that these new flights bring to Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates."

More than 30% of flydubai's total passenger traffic to Sri Lanka in 2012 was connecting traffic from the Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) regions. This growth is a result of the carrier's improved connection times in Dubai. The additional flights this summer will further cement the carrier's commitment to the market and significantly contribute to further growth.

flydubai has the most comprehensive network to the CIS and CEE of any other Middle Eastern carrier which connects Colombo, and once in operation Hambantota, to 21 destinations in 10 countries. The network has witnessed a milestone expansion with the carrier recently announcing it is to double its Russian and Ukrainian network by adding four destinations in Russia, two in Ukraine and increasing the frequency to Kiev to double daily.

These new routes bring the carrier's network to more than 60 destinations across the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, Asia, CEE and the CIS.

"We would like to thank the authorities for their ongoing support, and we hope more people will be able to benefit from our excellent services and affordable fares to visit this beautiful country", added Obaidalla.

Flight Details

Flights to Hambantota will operate three-times a week from 21 May 2013 and daily from 03 June 2013. FZ551 departs Dubai Terminal 2 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 2250hrs, landing in Mattala International Airport at 0635hrs local time following a stop in Colombo at 0555hrs.

The return flight, FZ552, direct to Dubai departs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 0730hrs, arriving in Dubai at 1050hrs local time.

Return fares from Dubai to Hambantota start at AED 995 with return fares from Hambantota to Dubai starting at LKR 31,365.

Fares include one piece of hand luggage weighing up to 7kg and one small laptop bag or hand bag. Checked baggage starts at AED 50 ($14) for 20kgs. A seat with extra legroom costs AED100 ($28) extra.

Flights between Dubai and Hambantota can be purchased from flydubai's website (www.flydubai.com), its call centre (+9714 231 1000) or through travel partners.


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