Sri Lankan Airlines to resume Addu - Colombo flights in Nov

Sri Lankan airlines will resume flights from Addu International Airport to Colombo, Sri Lanka in November, the airline has said.

Sri Lankan airlines first commenced operations to southernmost Addu atoll in December 2016. The operations were halted over a year ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

General Sales Agent of Sri Lankan Airlines, Ace Aviation's Director Mohamed Firaq said one weekly flight will be operated between the two destination from November onward. The flights will connect the Middle East, Addu and Paris.

Firaq said one weekly flight has been scheduled as only one resort is operated in Addu atoll, and therefore the number of tourist beds in Addu atoll is less. Addu airport has been upgraded and more services are now available at the airport, noted Firaq, adding that the new improvements are an encouragement for the new operation.

'This [venture] will become successful with connectivity between Addu and Huvadhoo. We have requested [national airline] Maldivian to introduce connectivity flights between Addu and Huvadhoo. This is how we can increase the number of scheduled flights,' said Firaq.

Firaq further noted that flights can be increased when Malaysia and Bangkok reopens.

According to Firaq, the fare for Colombo - Addu flights will be from USD 420 for return tickets. However, special rates will be introduced in November, he added.