Monday, February 20, 2006

SriLankan Airlines Plans Flights to Goa, Mangalore

Chennai: The Indian market for SriLankan Airlines is expected to grow strongly over the next five years. In tune with that potential, India will be the primary market focus for the carrier this year.
SriLankan Airlines' services cover the southern States, Delhi and Maharashtra. It reaches only nine of the 18 cities that it is permitted to fly to. So the market represents major growth potential. SriLankan is the largest foreign carrier into India with 88 services a week with 15 into Chennai alone.
It also has plans for other cities, which would offer it two-way traffic, he said. Coimbatore was another major destination that it plans to exploit, not necessarily with a small capacity flight. It plans to provide 70-seater flights to the smaller towns such as Coimbatore and Mangalore. SriLankan Airlines is also in talks with Indian (airlines) to develop an air pass that would let foreign visitors use either of the airlines' services regardless of sector at competitive rates.
In line with the importance of the Indian market, SriLankan has set up a product development unit for customised treatment of Indian passengers. A study is on to tailor the menu to the dietary requirements of the various segments.
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