Emirates has reaffirmed its commitment to Sri Lanka by introducing an additional daily service between Dubai and Colombo. Effective from August 1, 2016, Emirates will operate five daily flights between Dubai and Colombo every day except Wednesdays when it will operate four flights. The additional frequency will enhance the weekly services on the route to 34. “Colombo is a very popular destination for both business and leisure travellers and is a convenient gateway to Sri Lanka’s idyllic beaches, picturesque countryside and nature reserves.
The increased frequency provides our customers with greater flexibility in their travel plans, allowing them to explore this exciting destination and connect seamlessly to other flights on Emirates’ extensive global network,” Emirates Area Manager Sri Lanka and Maldives Chandana De Silva said. “For outbound travel from Colombo, the additional daily frequency further enhances connections to the Emirates global network for business and leisure travellers and students. Exporters and importers in particular will benefit from the increased cargo capacity on the route and the increased connections to global markets beyond Dubai.”
Passengers on Emirates flights enjoy the famed hospitality of its multi-national cabin crew, which includes more than 150 Sri Lankans, as well as gourmet cuisine and Emirates’ award-winning ice entertainment system. With more than 2,200 channels, from movies, television programmes, games, audio books and music, ice has been named the world’s best inflight entertainment system by Skytrax for 11 consecutive years.From August 1, Flight EK648, operated by a modern Boeing 777-300 ER, will depart Dubai at 1355 hours daily and arrive in Colombo at 1955 hours, all times local. The return flight EK649 leaves Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) at 2210 hours and arrives in Dubai at 0100 hours the following day. As with all Emirates flights, passengers on the new flight will benefit from a generous baggage allowance of 30kg in Economy Class, 40kg in Business Class and 50 kg in First Class. Passengers travelling in premium cabins will also enjoy lounge access as well as Emirates’ Chauffeurdrive service. Travel with Emirates also earns passengers Skywards Miles on the airline’s award-winning frequent flyer programme. Accrued Skywards Miles can be redeemed for free tickets, travel upgrades or other benefits.