SriLankan and Mihin Lanka airlines would acquire nine additional aircraft to increase its capacity to 30 in the next three years.
According to the Chairman of SriLankan Airlines, Nishantha Wickramasinghe, currently both airlines have 21 aircraft and this would be made 30 by 2015. He said that they would also add Seoul, in South Korea to the airline radar by the end of this year and would also increase frequencies to India by the end of this year.
For the first time SriLankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka marketed both airlines at the Arabian Travel Mart. Here officials of the two airlines at their stand in Dubai.
The airline currently flies 47 times a week to nine of the GCC countries in the Middle East, extending SriLankaní s renowned warm hospitality to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain, Doha, Muscat, Dammam, Riyadh, Jeddah and Kuwait.
Since last year, SriLankan increased its frequencies to Bahrain (three to four), Doha (five to daily), Muscat (two to four) and Jeddah (three) each week. From May 01, the airline will have a daily direct service to Kuwait.
Flights to Kuwait were earlier routed through Dubai, so re-linking the two cities will ensure speedier outbound travel for passengers to Colombo and beyond.