Sept 04, Colombo: Russia's flag carrier Aeroflot will re-launch regular non-stop flights to Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, the airline announced.
The airline, which stopped flights to Colombo a decade ago, will re-introduce five weekly flights between Moscow and Colombo from October 28.
Five weekly flights will operate on an Airbus A330 aircraft under the winter schedule effective 28 October 2018 through 30 March 2019.
Flights will depart Sheremetyevo Airport on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at. 22:05, and arrive in Colombo at 9:05 at local time.
Return flight will depart Colombo on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:45, and arrive at Sheremetyevo at 17:30 at local time.
The nine-hour flights will boost inbound tourism from Russia to Sri Lanka and will also be a major boost for business travel to the island country, the Government information department said.
It will also promote Colombo as a vital transit destination.
In addition to Aeroflot, the information department said several other major foreign airlines have also expressed an interest in flying to Sri Lanka while many existing operators have added extra capacity via bigger aircraft.