SriLankan Airlines announces the suspension of operations between Sri Lanka and Moscow, Russia with effect from March 28 due to operational restrictions that are outside of the airline’s control.
The restrictions are in the form of international financial and aircraft insurance limits which have been imposed on Russia due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, and directly impact SriLankan Airlines’ flight operations to Russia. Accordingly, SriLankan Airlines will cease operations to Moscow until further notice.
The airline expresses regret for any inconvenience caused to customers by this decision taken on account of a force majeure situation. SriLankan will continue to monitor the situation in Russia, and hopes to restart operations once conditions improve. SriLankan maintained two weekly flights between Colombo and Moscow before the cessation of operations.
In other news, SriLankan Airlines is celebrating the reopening of Indian skies on March 27, 2022 by doubling up to 88 weekly flights to India to match pre-COVID-19 levels. Consequently, customers too would be doubly rewarded by SriLankan expanding its flight frequencies at the same time that India does away with air travel bubble limitations this upcoming summer season. Coupled together, it will effectively provide SriLankan Airlines’ passengers enhanced flight options and connectivity between India and destinations in the Maldives; the Far East; Oceania; Europe; and the Middle East.
SriLankan continued to proactively expand into these markets during the past two years in spite of the many challenges arising from the pandemic. Accordingly, the airline launched operations to Seoul; Sydney; Kathmandu; Frankfurt; Paris; and Moscow between 2020 and 2021, while maintaining flights to the majority of its destinations in the pre-pandemic schedule. The airline expects to further establish its current network of routes within the next year for the benefit of passengers.
The airline’s Indian network currently covers the following cities: Delhi; Mumbai; Hyderabad; Trivandrum; Kochi; Chennai; Trichy; Madurai; and Bangalore. The reopening of Indian skies would allow a passenger to book a SriLankan Airlines’ flight from any of these Indian cities to any other online destination via Colombo. Similarly, passengers originating from non-Indian cities within the airline’s network could connect to any of the nine Indian cities that the airline flies to via Colombo.
Top Copyright Photo: SriLankan Airlines Airbus A330-343 4R-ALO (msn 1650) LHR (SPA). Image: 940517.
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