Sri Lanka’s national carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines, has commenced scheduled flights from the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo to Gan International Airport in Addu atoll.
Sri Lankan Airlines’ CEO Captain Suren Ratwatte declared that the launching of the Colombo-Gan route is a dream come true for the airline to expand its services, guaranteeing Sri Lankan Airlines will provide seamless services in its new sector as well. Deputy Tourism Minister Hussain Lirar stated that Sri Lankan Airlines’ new Colombo-Gan route will be a major boost to the Maldives’ tourism, especially in the south of the archipelago. The deputy minister further praised President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s government for the high priority given to the nation’s travel and tourism industry.
Meanwhile, the airport’s operator Addu International Airport Company (AIA)’s General Manager Ibthishama Ahmed Saeed highlighted the ongoing airport development projects, declaring that the airport faces a bright future with top quality services to be provided at the end of its development and expansion. She also announced that the company is currently in talks with more international airlines to commence operations to Gan.
Sri Lankan Airlines will operate four weekly flights between Colombo and Gan every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday. Return fares are sold at a rate of $342 USD.