SriLankan Airlines launches new direct service from Melbourne to the Colombo, Sri Lanka
Posted on August 8th, 2017

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Australians can link Sri Lanka and the Maldives on a one-stop, sun-and-snorkel holiday when SriLankan Airlines launches its new direct services from Melbourne to the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, on October 29.

The daily service will run an A330-200 on the 10-hour, 50-minute flight to Colombo, bypassing the traditional stopover hubs of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. SriLankan, which is in the oneworld family, last ran direct services to Australia back in the 1990s.

The new flights depart Melbourne at 4.55pm, arriving in Colombo at 10.15pm, returning as a night flight, departing at 11.50pm to reach Melbourne at 3.25pm.

For the idyllic Indian Ocean escape, connect a Sri Lankan stay with a direct flight into the Maldives’ capital, Male, or straight to its southernmost island, Gan Island, in the Addu Atoll, whose resorts include the Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa.

SriLankan also connects from Colombo to 10 Indian cities, the Middle East and runs direct to London. Return fares from Melbourne to Colombo cost from $815 including taxes.

4 Responses to “SriLankan Airlines launches new direct service from Melbourne to the Colombo, Sri Lanka”

  1. Christie Says:

    Good. Hope the scandals and frauds of early direct flights do not repeat this time.

  2. dhane Says:

    Some years ago there was a flight Colombo to Sydney. It was discontinued due to lack of passengers. A330-200 seating capacity approx. 247 and its proposed to be daily non stop flight. I doubt whether there will be sufficient passengers to operate daily basis. Return fares from Melbourne to Colombo cost from $815 including taxes. This is very cheap rate. During seasonal period it may possible at least to get 80%. Alternatively this could be another “trick” of Ranil to show more loss in SriLankan Airline to expedite outright sales of the national currier. Ranil did same to Hambanthota & Mattala Airport.

  3. Christie Says:

    If I remember correct when the national carrier was under an Indian Colonial Parasite Minister the inaugural flight brought in a load of asylum seekers. Indian Colonial Parasite travel agents who sold tickets did not return the money to the Air Line. Some money I am sure ended up in the hands of Indian terrorists the LTTE.

    This is a very lucrative route because Colombo provide a fuel efficient destination for this size jets. Then There are lots of Indians in Australia who would prefer a short time trip to their homes.

    This has nothing to do with Ranil. Close relations with India and Australia may be the reason why Australia agreed to open up the route.

  4. Christie Says:

    Correction.

    “…..Minister the inaugural flight took in a load of asylum seekers to Australia.

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