British Airways resuming flights after 15 years sends a strong message of confidence in Sri Lanka – Dr Chris Nonis
Posted on April 12th, 2013

Media Release The High Commission of Sri Lanka London

Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, Dr Chris Nonis said that the fact that British Airways, the UK’s National carrier and third largest airline in Europe, has taken the decision to resume flights to Sri Lanka is an excellent index of their substantial confidence in Sri Lanka and its future growth potential.


 (From L to R)  H.E. Dr. Chris Nonis , High Commissioner for  Sri Lanka to the UK with Mr. Keith Williams, Chief Executive Officer in British Airways, at the Sri Lanka High Commission.

British Airways suspended its flights to Sri Lanka in the late 1990’s due to security reasons and resumes flights to Sri Lanka after a fifteen year absence in the island, and is represented by the Hayleys Group, one of the largest diversified conglomerates in Sri Lanka. The country offers a wealth of culture, history, heritage, and rich diversity of experiences from pristine beaches and stunning landscapes to wildlife and adventure, all within a compact location, and was named the top travel destination for 2013 by British Airways. The UK was the second largest source of tourists to Sri Lanka in 2012 at over 114, 000, from a total of over 1 million, Dr Nonis said.


Keith Williams, Chief Executive Officer of British Airways, will be taking the inaugural flight on the 14TH April, and  spoke at the Sri Lankan High Commission about his confidence in Sri Lanka. British Airways is the flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom and the largest airline in the UK based on fleet size, international flights and international destinations. Following its merger with Iberia, the International Airlines Group, IAG, created the world’s third-largest airline in terms of annual revenue and the second largest airline group in Europe, serving over 150 destinations.

 Keith Williams said “This is an extremely exciting new route for us.  Sri Lanka is experiencing a boom in tourism, and the industry is expected to grow further. The addition of BA would give British tourists additional flexibility, and create value for both the aviation and tourism sectors. The UK has the second largest number of tourists visiting the island after India, so it’s a great  opportunity for them to fly there with British Airways. “

 Keith Williams said  “We will be operating flights to Sri Lanka from UK’s Gatwick airport to Colombo’s Bandaranaike international airport via Male in the Maldives. We will operate Boeing 777’s, long-range wide-body twin-engine jet airliners in a three class configuration on a thrice-a-week flight schedule to Colombo. I am looking forward to our inaugural flight, at the time of New Year celebrations, and the dawn of a new opportunity for the UK and Sri Lanka.”

 The High Commission of Sri Lanka


 12 April 2013



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