AirAsia’s inaugural flight from Bangkok to Colombo arrived at Colombo;s Bandaranayake Airport were the VIPs were welcomed with flowers; Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO Thai AirAsia, and Shantha Kottegoda, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Thailand. The two were greeted by Arjuna Hettiarachchi, Chairman of Setmil Group. The route was also celebrated in the Thai capital with a traditional lamp-lighting ceremony and SriLankan dancing.
- Thai AirAsia became the second airline in AirAsia Group after Kuala Lumpur-based AirAsia to serve Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo (CMB) on 1 March. The Thai airline now operates daily from Bangkok (BKK) with its 180-seat A320 aircraft, competing with SriLankan Airlines’ twice-daily, Thai’s four weekly and Cathay Pacific’s three weekly flights. The first flight achieved an 80% load factor and Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia, commented: “Since tickets for this route went on sale on 4 January 2012, we have received tremendous positive feedback and we are very pleased to see that there is much demand for travel between the two cities.”