SRI LANKAN AIRLINES TO FLY DAILY TO NEW
On March 27, SriLankan will inaugurated the first direct service
between Colombo and New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport,
operated as a code-share flight on a daily basis with partner
Emirates via Dubai. This is a part of an ambitious route expansion
programme undertaken by the Sri Lanka’s national carrier.
The Tsunami has been devastating for tourism in the Asian region
and in turn, as part of the "Bounce Back Sri Lanka Program"
SriLankan has added many new services whilst concentrating on
its core markets.
SriLankan’s new code-share flight to New York via Dubai
will attract west-bound traffic. This will open up a whole new
market for SriLankan Airlines. Passengers would find cheaper options
for North America through the forthcoming SriLankan-Emirates code-share
plan. The effort of the Sri Lanka’s national carrier was
to convert Sri Lanka into "the hub in South Asia".
This new service was launched in pursuant to the “Open
Skies Agreement”- the Air Transport Agreement between Sri
Lanka and the United States of America signed by Hon. Tyronne
Fernando, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Hon. Colin Powell, Secretary
of State on behalf of their respective Governments on 11th June
2002, in Washington DC, and entered into force on 18th Nov. 2002.
The ‘Open Skies’ Agreement provides the legal framework
for unrestricted capacity and frequencies by the airlines of both
countries including liberalized code sharing and charter arrangements.
The Agreement which covers both passenger and cargo services provides
for cooperation in air traffic security and safety between the
The new direct service between Colombo and New York is expected
to bring substantial economic benefits to air travelers, the business
community and Sri Lankan expatriates in the United States of America.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
28 March 2005