After a hiatus of over three years, SriLankan Airlines is now all set to renew its commercial operations in China. Like all other international airlines, SriLankan Airlines, too, had suspended its operations in China in early 2020 when the world was submerged under the Covid-19 pandemic.
But now that the Chinese administration has ended its zero-Covid policy and fully reopened the country’s borders and international airports, Sri Lanka’s flag carrier has decided to head back to the large Chinese market. And SriLankan Airlines is hardly being timid or hesitant in resuming flights to China.
According to a press statement, SriLankan Airlines will start in first week of April with a thrice weekly service each to Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. The airline says that China was a leading source market for inbound tourism to Sri Lanka and one of SriLankan’s premier leisure traveller segments before the pandemic, and SriLankan is positioning for a strong comeback in China upon its return.
The statement adds that SriLankan will launch passenger flights to Shanghai on April 3. Accordingly, flights will depart from Colombo to Shanghai every Monday, Thursday and Friday, and return from Shanghai to Colombo every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Flights from Colombo to Beijing will also commence on April 3, and are scheduled to depart for Beijing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday every week. The return flights to Colombo will depart on the respective subsequent days.
SriLankan Airlines currently operates a weekly flight between Colombo and Guangzhou, and a second flight will be introduced on March 4. Furthermore, SriLankan’s services to Guangzhou will become a thrice-weekly operation exactly a month later on April 4, with flights taking off from Colombo to Guangzhou every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The return flights from Guangzhou to Colombo will depart every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
With Chinese travellers eager to make up for lost time in globetrotting, SriLankan will be working closely with the local travel trade to reignite enthusiasm for Sri Lanka as a leisure destination in China. In addition to specifically curated holiday packages and deals, SriLankan offers Chinese customers the convenience of paying via Alipay and WeChat Pay.