Coimbatore, Oct 29:Leading air service provider SriLankan Airlines today launched its services to Coimbatore.
Talking to newspersons here, company's Head of Worldwide Passenger sales Manoj Gunawardena said the airline will initially operate four flights a week on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays using Airbus A320 aircraft.
''The service to Coimbatore would provide convenient access to and from all regions in our international routes. The service would be useful to many segments, particularly the business community,'' he said.
The frequency of the service would be doubled in a couple of months.
''A short 70-minute flight would bring our passengers to Colombo from here. The airline had rapid connections to its global network of 54 destinations in 28 countries from here,'' he pointed out.
''Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport had earned the reputation of being the finest in South Asia following its recent expansion, including modern terminal, aerobridges and comfortable lounges, he added.
He said the company will soon introduce its services to tier II cities like Madurai and Mangalore.
''The company is also planning to tie up with other state governments, including Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka to introduce more flights in that region to promote tourism,''he said.
The Lankan Airlines had carried 1.1 million passengers to and from India in the 12 months from April 2006 to March 2007. This was 32 per cent of the airline's global traffic, Nr Gunawardena said.