Apr 17, Colombo: Abu Dhabi-based airline Rotana Jet commenced flights to Sri Lanka's Colombo and Mattala airports from Wednesday April 09.
As a part of airline's expansion, Rotana Jet has added Sri Lanka as the airline's first international destination outside the Gulf region.
The airline has acquired an Airbus A319 for the longer service to Sri Lanka and it has acquired a second A319 to increase the frequency of its services to Sri Lanka from three times weekly flights to six times a week.
Rotana Jet director-commercial and planning Rajendran Vellapalath, who was in Colombo for the inaugural flight has said that the traffic is expected to come from the large number of Sri Lankan workers that live in the Gulf and from the increasing amount of tourist traffic to the island.
He said both Colombo and Mattala are growing destinations with increasing expatriate traffic from Gulf and the airline wants to "woo the market".
Vellapalath also said that the airline has very good connections from UAE's Al Bateen airport Abu Dhabi to Middle Eastern destinations and they are also targeting the migrant worker traffic from Sri Lanka to these destinations.
He said that Rotana has concluded an interline agreement with Sri Lankan Airlines for points beyond Sri Lanka, especially to some key destinations in South India - Trichy and Madurai where there are not many connections from the Gulf available currently.