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SriLankan Airlines returns to Moscow with direct flights
Posted on August 2, 2021
Colombo : SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lanka’s national carrier and a member of the oneworld alliance, is pleased to announce the start of direct flights between Sri Lanka and Russia today. The maiden flight was officially greeted with a burst of water at Domodedovo Airport (DME) in Moscow. The airline is resuming flights to the Russian capital after a 6-year hiatus, between Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and Moscow Domodedovo Airport (DME).
As a result, SriLankan would operate its flights to Russia every Friday using an Airbus A330 configured for 269 economy class seats and 28 business class seats. The operating frequency will be once a week, with a flight time of approximately 08 hours and 25 minutes. Flight UL533 will depart Colombo at 10:20 p.m., landing at Moscow Domodedovo Airport at 04:30 a.m., with return flight UL534 leaving Moscow at 7:15 p.m. the next day and return to Colombo at 6:05 am. on Sunday.
SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ashok Pathirage added, “Sri Lanka has a long-standing relationship with Russia, dating back centuries, as we have maintained an unwavering friendship by spreading trade, tourism, culture and education. SriLankan Airlines is resuming its flights to Moscow offering an important air link that opens to the gateway to the South Asian region. We hope that our flights between the two countries create a window of opportunity for both countries in terms of trade and tourism.
Our FlySmiLes loyalty program offers travelers a wide range of rewards to its members through a multitude of partners. Platinum and Gold members are entitled to a range of privileges such as free access to lounges on the oneworld network, priority check-in and boarding in business class and additional baggage allowances. Higher level FlySmiLes members can earn and redeem miles on any oneworld member carrier. These privileges were designed to create a smooth, hassle-free trip filled with luxury.
“We are delighted to be returning to Russia as we add Moscow to our growing road network. Passengers can now transfer or travel to Sri Lanka as restrictions in the country gradually ease for international business and leisure travelers. In the time to come, we look forward to increasing our freight and passenger frequencies, ”said Vipula Gunatilleka, CEO of SriLankan Airlines.
SriLankan Airlines became the first carrier in the South Asian region to receive a Diamond rating from the Airline Passengers Experience Association (APEX) and SimpliFlying, a standard received for additional safety measures and safety precautions. complete hygiene observed since the start of the global pandemic crisis. SriLankan Airlines is an award winning airline with a solid reputation as a global leader in service, comfort, safety, reliability and punctuality.
Global Sales and Distribution Director Dimuthu Tennakoon said: “The resumption of flights between Russia and Sri Lanka is important to us at a time when the global travel industry is experiencing a gradual recovery, we are extremely confident that these flights will effectively meet the aspirations of travelers who want to see the world and who would boost travel between the two countries.
Passengers intending to travel with SriLankan Airlines can book their tickets through the airline’s ticket offices in Colombo, Galle and Kandy or through their preferred travel agent.