SriLankan Airlines will suspend flights to Frankfurt and Paris. Accordingly, the last flight between Frankfurt and Colombo will be on October 30, and the last flight from Paris to Colombo on November 6.
Sri Lankan Airline publish a statement stated that the Government of Sri Lanka has made it clear that it will no longer fund continuing losses…the route network is being continuously evaluated in the context of changing market dynamics in order to maximize on sustainable routes which bring in more contribution towards the bottom line. It said that while the drop in fuel prices had contributed to improved performance, that benefit was significantly eroded with the airline’s revenue for the financial year ending 2015/16 declining when compared to the previous year.
And it stated that the particularly by Middle Eastern carriers, accompanied by a drop in airfares in European markets has seen the contribution of the European network drop in comparison to the other routes, and it has been further exacerbated by the depreciation of the Euro against the Dollar.”
however SriLankan operates daily flights to both Doha and Abu Dhabi and has a strong code share relationship with Etihad and Qatar through which it will continue to provide onward connectivity to the European destinations it has been serving via Paris and Frankfurt. And London will remain the Airline’s gateway to Europe, where the Airline has deployed its state-of-the-art A330-300 fleet for daily non-stop operations, providing a greater comfort and an enhanced flying experience to its passengers.