SriLankan Airlines launches new route to Moscow from Colombo via Dubai

  • SriLankan Airlines began serving Russia’s capital Moscow with a one-stop service on 15 September. From its Colombo (CMB) hub, the airline now flies twice-weekly via Dubai (DXB), thereby increasing its daily services on the first sector from daily to nine times weekly, to Moscow Domodedovo (DME). On the first sector, competition comes from Emirates’ twice-daily, Mihin Lanka’s daily and flydubai’s five weekly flights, while the flights between Dubai and Moscow Domodedovo – on which SriLankan has local rights – face competition from Emirates’ twice-daily flights. Although there is no airline currently flying non-stop between Sri Lanka and Russia, SriLankan Airlines will face competition when Aeroflot launches twice-weekly non-stop services between Moscow Sheremetyevo and Colombo on 1 November this year. SriLankan uses A320 aircraft in a new 140-seat configuration on the new route. Mohamad Fazeel, Head of Commercial Operations, commented: “This is a significant air link for SriLankan Airlines as we connect to the largest country in the world, also known as one of the greatest cultural and historic destinations. We are eagerly waiting to welcome the Russian visitors in Sri Lanka and passengers on board our flights to Russia.”

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