- Published on Thursday, 16 August 2012 12:54
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After an absence of 15 years, British Airways, the flag carrier of the United Kingdom is to resume flights to Sri Lanka from Gatwick Airport early next year.
It will start flights from Gatwick to Katunayake via Male on three days a week, namely on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday beginning from 31st March next year. British Airways last operated the Colombo-London service in 1998 and suspended the service due to the security situation in Sri Lanka at that time.
Airline sources said that BA flights will be on a Boeing 777 with three cabins including its Club World business class service with fully flat beds. Tickets will go on sale from August 16. BA's Managing Director for Gatwick, Silla Maizey has said that UK has the second largest number of tourists visiting the island after India, and opening up flights to Colombo will be an exciting new route for them.
The airline will also offer complete holiday packages in several locations in Sri Lanka for travel between the 1st May and 30th June, 2013. (niz)