SriLankan Airlines to take to China’s skies again

12 February, 2023

SriLankan Airlines is set to renew its commercial operations to China in the first week of April, with a thrice weekly service each to Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou as China reopens its borders.

China was a leading source market for inbound tourism to Sri Lanka and one of SriLankan’s premier leisure traveller segments before the pandemic, and the airline is positioning for a strong comeback in China upon its return.

SriLankan will launch passenger flights to Shanghai on April 3. Flights will depart from Colombo to Shanghai every Monday, Thursday and Friday, and return from Shanghai to Colombo every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Flights from Colombo to Beijing will also commence on April 3, 2023, and are scheduled to depart for Beijing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday every week. The return flights to Colombo will depart on the subsequent days.

The airline operates a weekly flight between Colombo and Guangzhou, and a second flight will be introduced on March 4.

SriLankan’s services to Guangzhou will become a thrice-weekly operation exactly a month later on April 4, with flights taking off from Colombo to Guangzhou every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The return flights from Guangzhou to Colombo will depart every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

With Chinese travellers eager to make up for lost time in globetrotting, SriLankan will be working closely with the local travel trade to reignite enthusiasm for Sri Lanka as a leisure destination in China. SriLankan also offers Chinese customers the convenience of paying via Alipay and WeChat Pay. 

– Sunday Observer Sri Lanka

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