SriLankan Airlines commenced its flights to France’s capital, Paris, yesterday (1), following a lapse of six years.
The inaugural flight from Colombo to Paris left Colombo on 30 October and arrived in Paris on the morning of 31 October at 7.30 a.m. with 200 passengers.
Upon arrival, the Sri Lankan community in Paris together with the Sri Lankan Embassy in France welcomed the Sri Lankan delegation led by Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga and SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ashok Pathirage.
The new service of SriLankan Airlines is to operate scheduled flights between Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and France’s Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). The non-stop flights to France will operate every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday using a fleet of Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
SriLankan Airlines is the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the Oneworld alliance.
The direct flights between Sri Lanka to France were discontinued in 2015, whereas the first flight between France and Sri Lanka commenced in the 1980s.