Saturday, October 14, 2006

SriLankan Airlines ripe for expansion

SriLankan Airlines is ripe for expansion and is looking for about 11 new planes to beef up airline seat capacity, says Tim Clark, Managing Director of SriLankan.
SriLankan currently has about 14 aircraft, but has already announced plans to take ownership of three aircraft that are currently under lease and extend the lifespan on two others when they come up for renewal this year.
The flag carrier has also just got increased flight frequencies to top Indian cities Mumbai and Bangalore, as well as access into two new tourist cities Pune and Coimbatore.
SriLankan is currently the island’s only designated carrier and is likely to get the rights to fly the extra flights into India, having already used up available slots to top metropolitan cities like Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Calcutta and Bangalore.
14/10/06 Lanka Business Online, Sri Lanka