Tuesday, September 25, 2018

SL airline plans to retreat from city

Visakhapatnam: Sri Lankan Airlines, which had launched a direct flight from Visakhapatnam to Colombo in July last year, may withdraw its operations from the Visakhapatnam international airport.
Sri Lankan Airlines had initially launched its services four times a week from Visakhapatnam at a low fare of Rs 8,000-Rs 10,000.

However, after a few months, the fares were raised to Rs 12,000 and the operations were reduced to three times a week due to decrease in passenger traffic. Later, fares were hiked to Rs 16,000.

Speaking to TOI, K Vijay Mohan, president of Tours and Travels Association of Andhra (TTAA), said, “According to internal communications, the Sri Lankan Airlines may shut its operations as it is not viable. The bothway passenger traffic is only 40-50%, hence is not viable. The airline said with the present minimal loads, it is not able to meet the route operational cost and has been losing money.”
26/09/18 Times of India
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