Emirates Airlines has announced plans to add an additional daily direct flight between Dubai and Colombo, from December 1, to cater to the seasonal increase in the demand for travel.
The additional service, operating as EK648/EK649, will increase the number of daily flights between the two cities to three, including two direct flights and one operating via the Maldivian capital, Male.
Emirates’ second daily flight will operate direct between Dubai and Colombo, except between December 16-30, when the service from Dubai to Colombo will stop over in Male.
From December 1-15 and from December 31-March 26, EK648 will depart Dubai at 16:10 daily and arrive in Colombo at 21:55, all times local. Flight EK648 will be routed via Male from December 16-30, and will during that period, depart Dubai at 10.30 and arrive in Male at 14.45. It will then depart from Male at 17.15 and arrive in Colombo at 19.15. From December 1-March 26, flight EK649 is scheduled to depart Colombo at 02:55 and arrive in Dubai at 05:55.
Emirates operates its modern Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration on flights to Colombo, offering three classes.
Emirates launched operations to Sri Lanka in 1986 and celebrated 36 years of operations to Colombo earlier this year. The airline signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau in 2022, reaffirming its commitment to Sri Lanka and outlining mutually beneficial initiatives that will help revive the country’s trade and tourism industry.