Korean Air launched its direct flight service between Seoul and Colombo on 9 March.
Korean Air will fly from Seoul to Colombo three times a week on Monday, Wednesday & Saturday and will return to Seoul from Colombo on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday of each week, states Embassy of Sri Lanka in Korea.
An inaugural ceremony was held with the presence of Mr. Chang HoonChi, President and C.O.O of Korean Air, Tissa Wijeratne, Ambassador of Sri Lanka, and senior officials from the Incheon Airport and Korean Air.
The establishment of direct flights between Korea and Sri Lanka will facilitate the movement of people and goods, providing new business opportunities for the aviation industries of both countries. Furthermore, this initiative will allow Sri Lankan and Korean companies to expand their business/investment ventures, enhance bilateral relations, broaden cultural understanding, and overall, deepen the friendship that binds Korea and Sri Lanka.
Tourism is expected to increase with the commencement of direct flights. During the year 2012, Korean tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka increased by approximately 43% compared to the year 2011, owed greatly to successful tourism promotional activities. With the support of Korea Air, the Embassy and the Sri Lanka Tourism promotion Bureau plan to carry tourism promotional activities, the Embassy further said.