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Thomson Airways now flies from London Gatwick to Sri Lanka

thomson 787 dreamliner 1Thomson Airways now flies their new luxury Boeing 787 Dreamliner weekly to Colombo Sri Lanka from London Gatwick.

This is a direct non stop flight of 11.5 hours and Premium Class is also available.

This is a huge boost for tourism for Sri Lanka and follows the announcements from both Austrian Airlines and KLM who are also offering new services to the island.

The Thomson flight now fills part of the gap left after British Airways pulled out of the service in 2015 due to competition from Sri Lankan Airlines.

Seats are sold on the aircraft as part of package holidays or seat only.

Long haul holidays are fast becoming the preferred choice for many British holidaymakers as new research from holiday brands, Thomson and First Choice reveals that more people than ever before are prepared to go the distance to find their dream destination. Travelling for nine hours or more is now considered par for the course for many Brits (77%) as they seek more adventure and cultural diversity from their holidays.

Whilst two week durations remain the most popular, increasingly British holidaymakers are jetting further afield for just 10 or 11 nights in search of better weather (53%), cultural diversity (52%), beautiful beaches (42%) and more adventure (38%). This combination of factors resulted in 65% of those asked saying their long haul holidays were the most memorable and that they felt more adventurous (36%) than on a short-haul holiday (9%).

Thomson, part of TUI UK & Ireland, is one of the UK’s most well-known holiday brands, delivering unique and modern holiday experiences for its customers every year.

The airline was the first UK operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

What’s different about Dreamliner?

thomson dreamliner cabinBigger Windows
The windows on a 787 Dreamliner are about 30% bigger than those on your average plane. What’s more, when you’re ready to sleep, you can dim them at the touch of a button.

Room Overhead
Even at its lowest point, the Dreamliner cabin is over 6-foot high, so there’s a real sense of space.

More Oxygen
You’ll leave the plane feeling fresher when you fly on the Dreamliner. This is because its cabin pressure allows more oxygen to be absorbed into your blood.

Mood Lighting
Your body clock is more in tune wherever you’re heading on the Dreamliner, as the plane features a high-spec mood lighting system that can mimic things like dawn and dusk.

A Quieter Flight
The Dreamliner generates 60 per cent less noise than standard planes during take-off and
landing. It’ll be quieter in the air, too.

Quality Time
You can indulge in some proper ‘me’ time on the Dreamliner. It’s kitted out with state-of-the-art seatback TVs – and you can even plug your camera into them.

More fuel-efficient
Thanks to its composite structure and revolutionary engines, the plane is more fuel-efficient and emits less CO2 – about 20 per cent less carbon on a flight from Britain to America.

A bigger reach
The 787 Dreamliner can fly about 8,000 miles without stopping, which means it can go direct to destinations other planes can’t reach.

thomson 787 dreamliner cabinUpgrade to Premium Club :

For a bigger luggage allowance and seats with a bigger recline and a 38-inch pitch. You’ll also get priority check in and boarding, security fast track and UK airport lounge access, plus luxury extras like a Rituals cosmetics kit, a bigger TV screen, and a complimentary drink before you fly. And if you’re on a night flight, they’ll supply a duvet and pillow, too.


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IndiGo to fly from Chennai & Bangalore to Colombo

IndiGo to fly from Chennai & Bangalore to Colombo

IndiGo, India’s largest and fastest-growing airline, has announced that Colombo, Sri Lanka will be its eighth international and 49th overall destination on its network.

The new schedule will see non-stop connections between Colombo, Chennai and Bangalore, effective 20 January 2018.

Starting fares from $55 (ex-Chennai) and $93 (ex-Bangalore).

With this addition, both corporate and leisure passengers travelling to and from Colombo will get the opportunity to experience the on-time, affordable and hassle-free travel experience that IndiGo is synonymous with.

These new flights will further consolidate IndiGo’s position as the fastest growing airline in India with 149 Airbus A320s and a three ATR aircraft strong fleet, operating over 1,000 daily flights, connecting to 49 destinations.

Speaking on the launch, IndiGo President and Whole Time Director Aditya Ghosh said: “As one of the most sought after destinations in South Asia, Colombo draws visitors from across the globe for its fine blend of tradition and culture. It gives us immense pleasure to add Colombo as our 49th destination and cater to the needs of both business as well as leisure travellers. We aspire to continue providing an affordable and hassle-free travel experience to our passengers within and beyond India.”

Departing flights from Chennai to Colombo

Flight No.

Origin

Destination

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Via

Day of Operation

Effective From

6E 1201

Chennai

Colombo

04:00

05:30

Every Wed

24-Jan-18

6E 1201

Chennai

Colombo

06:55

08:15

Except Wed

20-Jan-18

6E 1203

Chennai

Colombo

10:05

11:30

Every Wed

24-Jan-18

6E 1203

Chennai

Colombo

12:00

13:25

Except Wed

20-Jan-18

Returning flights from Colombo to Chennai

Flight No.

Origin

Destination

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Via

Day of Operation

Effective From

6E 1202

Colombo

Chennai

06:30

07:55

Every Wed

24-Jan-18

6E 1202

Colombo

Chennai

09:15

11:00

Except Wed

20-Jan-18

6E 1204

Colombo

Chennai

20:30

21:55

Daily

20-Jan-18

Departing flights from Bangalore to Colombo

Flight No.

Origin

Destination

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Via

Day of Operation

Effective From

6E 1205

Bengaluru

Colombo

18:00

19:30

Daily

20-Jan-18

Returning flights from Colombo to Bangalore

Flight No.

Origin

Destination

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Via

Day of Operation

Effective From

6E 1206

Colombo

Bengaluru

12:30

14:00

Every Wed

24-Jan-18

6E 1206

Colombo

Bengaluru

14:25

15:55

Except Wed

20-Jan-18

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New service from Switzerland to Sri Lanka

New service from Switzerland to Sri Lanka

Edelweiss, Switzerland’s leading leisure airline and sister company of Swiss International Air Lines, is further expanding its route network to Asia.

From 3rd November 2018 the airline will offer direct seasonal flights between Zurich and Colombo.

An Edelweiss Airbus A340-300 will fly twice weekly. Every Thursday and Saturday between Zurich and Colombo connecting the two cities directly. Flight time will be 10 hours.

Day Zurich Colombo
Saturdays 21:05 11:30 (the next day)
Thursdays 17:55
08:20 (the next day)

The new connection allows Swiss and other European tourists to reach Sri Lanka with ease and in comfort.

“Sri Lanka and its countless leisure activities are very popular among Swiss tourists” says Bernd Bauer, CEO of Edelweiss. “Swiss vacationers tend to spend more time and money than visitors from other countries. Our flights will bring approximately 11,000 visitors to Colombo each year, generating an annual economic impact of more than $ 32million.”

As well as opening Sri Lanka to Swiss and other European visitors, the new route offers a convenient direct flight for travellers from around Colombo to the heart of Europe, with many onward flight options from Zurich to other European cities and world-wide destinations with Swiss International Air Lines.

The route will be operated with an Airbus A340-300 seating 314 passengers. Edelweiss Business Class is equipped with 27 fully lie-flat seats and a state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system with HD touchscreens. Economy Max encompasses 76 comfortable seats with six inches more legroom, more recline and many other amenities.

The 211 seats in Economy Class provide for a relaxing flight and offer an inflight entertainment system that also features HD touchscreens. For more information regarding the Edelweiss product visit

To book your flights with Edelweiss or any other airline to / from Asia please click HERE

4 Great Minds come together in Negombo

When four great minds come together they create something that is simply authentic, different and a total success.

That is what happened with a new bar and restaurant named Toro (which is Spanish for bull) ideally located opposite the Jetwing Sea hotel in Palagathura which is Negombo Beach North.

The four great minds are:

  • Krishan (the owner) who has many years experience as a local caterer and a chef. He worked at Rodeo for many years.
  • Chanaka (Head Chef) who was the Head Chef at Rodeo for over 20 years.
  • Madusanka (Head Barman) who has gained experience by working at the Cricket Club in Colombo.
  • Geeth (Head Waiter) who is very well known to many Negombo residents as he previously worked at Serendib for many years.

Toro Bar & Restaurant has only been opened for about 4 months but is already established itself as one of the top venues in Negombo due to its great food, unique and imaginative menu, good value, great bar service and cocktails and friendly welcoming service.

The bar is frequented by many local families as its a safe and friendly place for women to come, many aircrew (especially the Emirates team as they stopover at the Jetwing Sea which is opposite) and foreign visitors to the area.

The atmosphere is friendly, mixed and there’s always great music and every Friday you can expect live music and feel free to dance if you want, there is plenty of room.

The décor of the place is modern with wooden pallets making up the walls and the ceiling. Modern lighting and wooden tables, some low down and some high up, spotlessly clean toilets and attractive bar area.

Feel relaxed with lots of large wall fans to cool you down. There is a vast array of drinks to choose from. From Lion beer, Apple cider, cocktails, milkshakes, Calsberg, Corona to Chilean wine by the glass.

Madusanka can serve up both the quickest and the meanest mojito in Negombo. Its great value with Lion beer just 420 rupees or Gin and tonic (with ice and lime, which is a rare thing in Sri Lanka) for just 500 rupees.

The menu is a mixed of Sri Lankan and Western and can be suitable for everyine including vegetarians and vegans. Steak Panini sandwich, (700 LKR) Prawn & Avacado wrap,(600LKR) Beer batter fish with home made chips and salad, (950 LKR), Freshly made pizzas, Seafood. Chop Suey and even delicious Traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry. The menu has been devised by Krishan and Chanaka and their joint vast experience is shown in their dishes and presentation.
If you have any questions then Geeth will be pleased to answer them.

The owner Krishan is very proud of his new venue. If you ask to see the kitchen he will be delighted to show it to you. Here you will find one of the largest and cleanest kitchens in the country. Very impressive and offers peace of mind about the food.

 

 

So if you are visiting Negombo then head North along the beach road, with the sea on your left hand side and get youself down to Toro Bar & Restaurant.

Why not stay at one of our many highly recommended guest houses in Negombo Beach North such as Anne Residence (from $18 a night) or Shannon Rest (from $20 a night), these two properties are only a short 5 minute walk to Toros.

Lanka4Me Wins Top Travel Blog Award

Lanka4Me Wins Top Travel Blog Award

www.Lanka4Me.com has been awarded a special merit as one of the  – Top 30 Sri Lanka Travel blog websites for 2017 by Feedspot.com

We have been chosen from thousands of top Sri Lanka Travel blogs using search and social metrics.

The top blogs are chosen and ranked on following criteria

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review.

“CONGRATULATIONS to Lanka4Me for making it to the Top Sri Lanka Travel Blogs list! This is the most comprehensive list of best Sri Lanka Travel blogs on the internet and I’m honoured to have you as part of this! I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world”  Anuj Agarwal Founder, Feedspot

Emirates Airbus A380 lands at Colombo Airport

Emirates Airbus A380 lands at Colombo

Emirates’ double decked Airbus A380 aircraft will make a one-off landing at the Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Katunayake, in Sri Lanka on the 14th August 2017, the first airline to land this wide-body aircraft at the airport’s new resurfaced runway.

The special flight will be the first A380 aircraft to disembark passengers in Sri Lanka after completing a commercial service. The one-off A380 aircraft will arrive at 16:10 hours and be on ground for more than six hours. Before it returns to Dubai as flight EK655 departing at 22:10 hours, enabling airport executives, VIPs, trade partners and media to enjoy a guided static tour of the double-decker aircraft. The airline said in a media release.

This is not exactly the first time an Emirates Airbus A380 plane has landed here in Sri Lanka. In June 2015 the mentioned aircraft with more than 500 people on board had to make an emergency landing in Sri Lanka due to a technical fault.

The aircraft was en route to Dubai from Sydney when it was diverted to Colombo, where it landed safely.

“Colombo has welcomed us from the day Emirates commenced daily flights from Dubai in 1986, just a year after the airline launched its operations. We are honoured to work alongside the city, airport, and the Sri Lankan Civil Aviation authorities, to bring our flagship A380 to this vibrant destination.

For Colombo and for aviation enthusiasts in Sri Lanka, this will certainly be a special day and we look forward to showcasing our unique on board products in this market,” said Ahmed Khoory, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, West Asia and Indian Ocean.

An A380 aircraft can carry 853 passengers (538 on the main deck and 315 on the upper),

Customers in Sri Lanka can experience Emirates’ double-decker aircraft by connecting through the airline’s Dubai hub to more than 45 A380 destinations. As the first and only airline in the world to operate a fleet of all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft for its passenger flights, Emirates’ operating fleet remains modern and efficient while offering customers a high level of comfort. Since 2008, Emirates has flown over 80 million passengers on its A380 fleet, the release said.

The story is a follow up from our story titled Airport closure a complete waste of time and money which we published on the 26th April 2017

This is a big embarrassment to the airport, the government and officials. Surely the contractors knew how to read a tape measure!!!

The extra wide runway would also allow for larger aircraft such as the Airbus A380 super jumbo to be able to use the airport.

The problem is that the contractors measured the extra 30 metres incorrectly and actually only widened the runway to 60 metres making it short by 15 metres when measured by the IATA officials.

We are pleased to advise that this problem has since been rectifield and the addtional 15 metres has been added to the runway width without any further closures taking place.

This is good news to Sri Lankan tourism, in addition to the extra flights from Moscow and Melbourne.

To search for any flights to Colombo and beyond with Emirates or any other long haul airline, click HERE

Capacity increase from Russia with Emirates

Emirates announced that both its daily flights between Dubai and Moscow will now be operated by the airline’s iconic airbus A380.

Commencing 1st October 2017, the double daily Airbus A380 service will significantly boost seat capacity to and from Russia in order to meet customer demand. It will also allow multiple A380 to A380 connections to a wide range of destinations such as:

Mauritius, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Auckland, Christchurch, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei and Sao Paolo.

Currently the airbus A380 cannot fly into Colombo due to runway restrictions. so the new Moscow flights will connect to one of the three Boeing 777 aircrafts operating between Dubai and Sri Lanka.

Since Emirates started flying from its Dubai hub to Moscow in 2003. The airline has carried over 4 million passengers on the route. This aircraft upgrade sees an increase of over 1,000 seats per week and clearly demonstrates Emirates’ commitment to the Russian market. and further supporting tourism and trade links between the Middle East and countries connected by the vast Emirates worldwide route network including Sri Lanka and Russia.

Flights EK131/132 and EK133/134 will be operated by an Airbus A380 aircraft in a three-class configuration with 14 Private Suites in First Class, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 427 seats in Economy Class.


Emirates has also made amendments to its winter schedule to and from St Petersburg, giving passengers even easier connections to many Emirates destinations including Maldives, Thailand and Sri Lanka with just a short stop in Dubai.

From 29th October 2017 until March 24, 2018 EK176 will depart from Pulkovo International Airport at 23:55hrs and land at Dubai International Airport the next day at 07:05hrs.

The new times will enable clients travelling to Dubai an additional day in the city, arriving from Saint Petersburg early in the morning instead of late evening. Given that Russian customers can now receive a FREE UAE visa on arrival, the new schedule opens up even more opportunities to explore the city and take advantage of the following early morning’s departure from Dubai to Colombo Sri Lanka.

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New Direct flight service from Melbourne to Colombo

New Direct flight service from Melbourne to Colombo

Sri Lankan Airlines has announced it will operate a daily non-stop service from Melbourne Airport, Australia to Colombo Sri Lanka from 29th October 2017.

Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Simon Gandy said in a statement the new service on the Airbus A330-330 aircraft would take Aussies directly to Sri Lanka’s capital city in just over 10 hours.

He said the new route would also allow more Sri Lankans to visit family and friends in Victoria, which according to 2011 census data is home to around 50 per cent of Australia’s Sri Lankan population.

Sri Lankan Airlines all new A330-300s come with a range of novelties where the ease of modern air travel harmoniously blends in with the uniqueness of Sri Lanka. With cabins illustrated by motifs featuring the diversity and beauty of the island’s flora and fauna, they feature the latest amenities.

Their comfortable Economy Class sector provides a pleasant flying experience, and lets you relax to the latest movies on-demand, while lavishing in the true SriLankan Airlines hospitality that they are renowned for. With mood-lighting and in-seat power for portable electronic devices across all classes – you can also stay connected and be productive throughout the flight with Wi-Fi and mobile phone connectivity. Surf the internet, send an email, and make a call or text your friends – all while you fly.

Enjoy your flight and relax in greater comfort on-board their enhanced Business Class cabin, designed to pamper. With seats that transform into full flat beds, extra space, on-demand entertainment and direct aisle access.

To check availability and prices from Sri Lankan Airlines and any other major scheduled airline, click HERE

 

Oman Air Flight Offer from 8 European cities

Oman Air Flight Offer from 8 European cities

Oman Air is the national airline of Oman. Based at Muscat International Airport. Oman Air operates a fleet of four brand new Airbus 330-200 series aircraft, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines. Configured in a very comfortable two class layout, the aircraft provides space for 20 business class seats and 196 economy class seats.

 Oman Air offers flights from 8 European Cities.Fly from Paris (CDG), Manchester (New service from 1st May 2017), Frankfurt, Munich, Milan, London Heathrow, Zurich and Amsterdam (codeshare with KLM) during May or June 2017 for the return fare of 495€ including tax (subject to availability).

To Search & Book click HERE

Economy Class

Oman Air’s Economy Class offers everything the modern traveller needs to stay connected, informed and entertained.

  • Seat pitch of 34 inches

  • High seatback pivot and articulating bottom pan

  • Padded dress cover fabrication for enhanced comfort

  • One-piece composite seat back structure

  • Raisable armrests on aisle side

  • Bi-fold, sliding food table

  • Aft-mounted footrest (ratcheting, three positions)

  • LCD screen, back-mounted 10.6 inch (16:9 ratio)

  • Seatback mounted IFE handset for easy accessibility

  • Multy plug (USB and RCA video) back- mounted next to the LCD screen

  • Four-way adjustable headrestLife vest pouch

  • One PC power port and Ethernet (RJ45) plug per double seat (shared between two pax)

All customers receive a warm, traditional welcome, with hot and cold towels offered prior to the start of your inflight dining experience.

  Delicious and varied menus include international and Arabic dishes, are created using only the highest quality seasonal ingredients and are designed to complement the destinations to which they fly.

  To accompany your inflight dining experience, they offer a range of complimentary hot and cold drinks, including freshly brewed tea and coffee.

Business Class

The 77.5-inch long lie-flat Business Class seat with a pitch of 82 inches is 22 inches wide and offers electrically controlled backrest, leg rest and seat depth.

  • Twenty seats (1:2:1 four abreast seating)

  • Fully flat bed (180 degrees)

  • Bed length 77.5 inches

  • Seat width of 22 inches

  • Seat pitch of 82 inches

  • Electrically controlled backrest/seat bottom

  • Adjustable leg rest

  • Electrically adjustable seat pan depth

  • Folding side armrest

  • One-piece meal table

  • Cocktail table

  • Literature pocketHandset provision

  • Headset compartment

  • Life vest compartment

  • Buddy seat and coat hookReading light

  • 17-inch Gen. III monitor in the front partition

Airport closure a complete waste of time and money

This is a big embarrassment to the airport, the government and officials. Surely the contractors knew how to read a tape measure!!!

The Bandaranaike International Airport was closed for daytime flights from 830am to 430pm for three months from January 6, 2017. The runway re opened as schedule on the 6th April and hailed a total success.

However, It was later revealed that the project was a total waste of time and money. The project was to include the widening the 45-metre main runway to 75 metres and to re-lay the surface to fix the lighting system. The initial estimate for the project stood at LKR 7.2 billion.

The extra wide runway would also allow for larger aircraft such as the Airbus A380 super jumbo to be able to use the airport.

The problem is that the contractors measured the extra 30 metres incorrectly and actually only widened the runway to 60 metres making it short by 15 metres when measured by the IATA officials.

This is a big embarressment to the airport, the government and officials. Surely the contractors knew how to read a tape measure!!!

SriLankan Airlines alone incurred an approximate loss of USD 40 million during the time the runway was shut down for refurbishment. This is excluding other major airlines such as Emirates and Qatar Airways that had to reduce operations and all the airlines that had to reschedule operations which was a major feat in itself.

The total loss to Sri Lankan tourism for this period was estimated to be $80 million, however Sri Lankan Tourist Board denies this figure.

Leader of JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayake, speaking on the issue said:

We closed the airport for six months from 8 in the morning to 4 in the evening. The loss has been calculated at 7.6 billion. But what has happened after they reconstructed the runway incurring a loss of Rs. 7.6 billion. It has come to a situation where the A380s cannot land there. They had rolled back the previous plan but the cost has increased by USD 30 million. It is clear that the anticipated task has not been achieved”.

Chairman of  Sri Lanka Nidahas Sevaka Sangamaya, Janaka Wijepathiratne speaking on the issue said:

We worked for 16 long sleepless hours in the night shift to facilitate the construction activities of the runway. But after all of this. if the international aviation authorities are not granting permission for bigger flights to land here, we see this as a massive waste of money. We are asking the government to provide a clarification”.

It has now been estimated that an additional cost of $30 million needs to be spent in order to do the job properly. Not one airport official has confirmed as to whether the airport runway needs to closed again for a second time with a huge inconvenience to airlines and tourism as a whole.

Colombo Airport (CMB) Re Opens for daytime flights on schedule

Colombo Airport (CMB) Re Opens for daytime flights on schedule

Civil Aviation and Transport Ministry said today 4th April 2017 that. “The main runway of the Bandaranaike Airport (CMB) ie Colombo International Airport will become fully operational again for daytime flights on Thursday April 06th 2017″.

The Srilankan Airlines’ new aircraft (UL-1162)  would make the first landing on the runway. The airport’s main runway was closed for renovations on January 6.  Ministry said  the construction was effective to expand the existing runway from 65 metres wide to 75 metres.

The new runway is now fully comprised with the LED lighting system, enabling the airport to operate even under bad weather condition & the new renovated runway would also allow for larger aircraft such as the A380 to use the airport,” ministry said.

Scandinavia to Sri Lanka Direct

Fly Dreamliner direct from Stockholm or Helsinki

thomson 787 dreamliner 1Thomson Airways now flies their new luxury Boeing 787 Dreamliner weekly to Colombo Sri Lanka from Stockholm in Sweden and Helsinki in Finland.

These are both direct non stop flight of 10 hours and Premium Class are also available.

These flights are a real show to Thomson Tui’s committment to Sri Lanka as they are an addition to the direct service from London Gatwick.

Seats are sold on the aircraft as part of package holidays or seat only.

What’s different about Dreamliner?

thomson dreamliner cabinBigger Windows
The windows on a 787 Dreamliner are about 30% bigger than those on your average plane. What’s more, when you’re ready to sleep, you can dim them at the touch of a button.

Room Overhead
Even at its lowest point, the Dreamliner cabin is over 6-foot high, so there’s a real sense of space.

More Oxygen
You’ll leave the plane feeling fresher when you fly on the Dreamliner. This is because its cabin pressure allows more oxygen to be absorbed into your blood.

Mood Lighting
Your body clock is more in tune wherever you’re heading on the Dreamliner, as the plane features a high-spec mood lighting system that can mimic things like dawn and dusk.

A Quieter Flight
The Dreamliner generates 60 per cent less noise than standard planes during take-off and
landing. It’ll be quieter in the air, too.

Quality Time
You can indulge in some proper ‘me’ time on the Dreamliner. It’s kitted out with state-of-the-art seatback TVs – and you can even plug your camera into them.

More fuel-efficient
Thanks to its composite structure and revolutionary engines, the plane is more fuel-efficient and emits less CO2 – about 20 per cent less carbon on a flight from Britain to America.

A bigger reach
The 787 Dreamliner can fly about 8,000 miles without stopping, which means it can go direct to destinations other planes can’t reach.

thomson 787 dreamliner cabinUpgrade to Premium Club :

For a bigger luggage allowance and seats with a bigger recline and a 38-inch pitch. You’ll also get priority check in and boarding, security fast track and UK airport lounge access, plus luxury extras like a Rituals cosmetics kit, a bigger TV screen, and a complimentary drink before you fly. And if you’re on a night flight, they’ll supply a duvet and pillow, too.


To check out these flights and others to Sri Lanka and beyond click HERE

Emirates – Linking the World to Sri Lanka

pr-header-image-our-company_tcm233-2361514The Emirates story started in 1985 when operations were launched with just two aircraft. Today, Emirates fly the world’s biggest fleets of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s, offering customers the comforts of the latest and most efficient wide-body aircraft in the skies. 

Emirates inspire travellers around the world with their growing network of worldwide destinations, industry leading inflight entertainment, regionally inspired cuisine and world-class service.

Sit back, relax and enjoy up to 2,500 channels of award-winning entertainment. Savour gourmet meals inspired by the region, and send emails to the people that matter. Fill every moment with new experiences when you fly Economy Class.

Economy Class comes without compromise

Economy_Class_01_400x300_tcm233-1588505All of their A380 and select Boeing 777 aircraft have free Wi-Fi, so you can stay connected when you fly. Plug in your laptop to the in-seat power and send emails or create your latest blog post. You can even make calls to people on the ground, thanks to their mobile phone and data roaming services.

Relax to the latest tunes, or explore new worlds with their award-winning ice inflight entertainment. Ambient lighting helps you adjust to your new time zone, so you can arrive ready to take on the day.

 

Dine on gourmet dishes inspired by the regionSTD7043_400x300_tcm233-1590700

Start exploring your destination before you’ve even arrived with delicious dishes from the heart of the region’s culture.

Choose from the menu of long-time favourites and new creations, filled with the global flavours that get people talking. If you have a special diet they’ll serve you a meal that’s right for you, just make sure you prebook in advance. Match your meal with a glass of wine, or choose from their range of complimentary beers, spirits, and hot and cold beverages.

Emirates Daily Dubai Colombo flight schedule

Departure (Dubai) Arrival (Colombo) Airlines
2:35 AM 8:30 AM Emirates
6:55 AM 12:45 PM Emirates
9:05 AM 2:50 PM Emirates
9:35 AM 6:20 PM Emirates

To search for your Emirates flight to Colombo Sri Lanka,

click HERE and compare prices at 700 travel sites in an instant.

 

Linking the Balkans to Sri Lanka

fleetLinking the Balkans to Sri Lanka

Air Serbia (JU) is the flag carrier and largest airline of Serbia. The airline was formerly known as Jat Airways until it was renamed in 2013.

Air Serbia now offers flights to Colombo Sri Lanka from Bosnia and Herzegovina and of course from Serbia.

Outbound flights operate every Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday

Inbound flights operate every Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Flights depart Banju Luke Airport (BNX) in Bosnia and Herzegovina at 3.15pm and operates via Belgrade.

Flights depart Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG) in Belgrade, Serbia at 11.15pm

Both flights connect via Abu Dhabi (AUH) and code share with its partner Etihad Airways using one of its new Airbus A320 aircrafts. You can even use your Etihad air miles points on the Air Serbia sectors.

Flights arrive the next day in Colombo Sri Lanka at 8pm.

Serbian hospitality

economy-class-sExperience true Serbian hospitality with greater comfort and excellent service in both Economy and Business class.

On your way between Belgrade and Abu Dhabi they offer Fly and Play KIDS PACKS to keep children entertained when traveling.

Each kit contains a collection of games and fun items including snap cards, a puzzle book, stickers, a jigsaw, stationery and an aviation-themed soft book, featuring a fun eagle mascot throughout. The packs can be taken home and reused after the flight.

To Book Air Serbia and other major airlines to Sri Lanka and beyond, click HERE and compare prices at 700 travel sites in one simple go.

Another NEW Flight Service to Sri Lanka

ukraine b767Ukraine International Airlines (PS). Is the flag carrier and the largest airline of Ukraine. Is going to launch the schedule flights to Sri Lanka from the 5th November 2016.

Ukraine International Airlines will be operating non-stop scheduled flights between Kiev and Colombo.

The flights will be operated by one of their Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with three-class cabin configuration – Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class.

Flight schedule:

Flight Destination Days Departure* Arrival*
PS387 Kiev – Colombo Tue & Fri 20:20 08:30+1
PS388 Colombo – Kiev Wed & Sat 11:00 17:25

*Local time

UIA offers round-trip economy class tickets for Colombo – Kiev flights from 832 USD (all taxes and surcharges included; subject to currency fluctuations).

This is even more Good news for Sri Lanka’s tourism and is in addition to the NEW Services already announced by KLM, Austrian Airlines & Thomson Airways.

Its a wonder they have room at the airport with all these new services.

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Fly to Sri Lanka with Saudia Airlines

saudi757Saudia Airlines is the national airline of Saudia Arabia. It tends to be popular with other muslim countries as they operate a service to Mecca. However it is also a viable option for those travelling from Europe to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

A change is usually required either at Riyadh or Jeddah, or typically Riyadh via Jeddah, and you may also have another stop at Male on the Maldives on your way to Sri Lanka.

Flight time from say Madrid to Jeddah is 6 to 6 1/2 hours, and from say Jeddah direct to Colombo another 6 to 6 1/2 hours. The challenge is the transit time.

Jeddah has a transit lounge giving you free tea and coffee, and also snacks. You can rest in their lounge, some are reclining lounge seats, or watch TV. However time allowed in this area is strictly controlled by the lounge controller. After a limited time, he rolls you out for the next influx of transit passengers.

The transit lounge at Riyadh is only for their members and is not for the economy transit passenger. No free tea or coffee there, nor are there any free munchies.

One of the big advantages of flying with Saudia is that you are allowed 2 pieces of luggage, each with a maximum weight of 23 kgs per person even for economy passengers. That is far better than some other airlines offer.

There is no alcohol served on board, but the cabin crew are most courteous and professional. The meals are average and nothing to get excited about. Practical but not luxurious.

There is a good selection of films to choose from, but on several of my flights there were problems with damaged audio services.

Price-wise Saudia Airlines are very competitive. They are worth investigating before you make a booking to fly to Sri Lanka.

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The General Sri Lanka Tourism Plan For 2016

Sigiriya RockAccording to statistics, Sri Lanka Tourism recorded 18.1% growth on arrivals with 1.5 million arrivals for the year during 2015 up to November. It is estimated from these figures that the revenue generated by tourism was US2.2 billion dollars. In an effort to continue this trend, a general Sri Lanka Tourism Plan for 2016 has been created based on 5 key objectives.

The Key Performance Measures (KPMs) are
– reach an annual growth rate of 26%
– to attract 2.2 million visitors
– increase average spend per tourist to US200 per day
– generate total tourist revenue to US2.75 billion dollars
– increasing Sri Lanka’s brand value to US80 million dollars

It is against these key performance measures that the success of tourism in Sri Lanka will be measured.

Indeed Sri Lanka has a lot to offer.

The cultural triangle incorporating Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa attracts those with cultural interests in viewing their UNESCO World Heritage sites, whilst the beaches of the east and south attract the water sports enthusiast as well as the sun worshippers.

With 26 national parks, naturalists and photographers can develop their interest in the many safari pacakages, whilst the adventurer can do white river rafting, ballooning, whale watching, as well as many other adrenalin seeking activities.

With the great diversity of what Sri Lanka has to offer, it is no wonder that tourists are selecting Sri Lanka as one of their preferred holiday destinations.

Fly to Sri Lanka from 151 European Destinations

turkish_airlines_pic11Turkish Airlines (TK) is an international airline based in Turkey. It serves over 280 routes in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. Turkish Airlines is also a member of Star Alliance, which currently has 28 member airlines that fly around the world.

Fly to Colombo, Sri Lanka from 151 European Destinations, including:

Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Birmingham, Bordeaux, Berlin, Bucharest, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Faro, Geneva, Helsinki, London Gatwick, Lisbon, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Munich, Milan, Nice, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Rome, Sofia, Tallinn, Valencia, Vienna, Venice, Warsaw.

Flights operate via Istanbul which is well known for excellent restaurants, cafes and shopping.

Turkish Airlines operates an Airbus A330 aircraft 5 days a week from Istanbul to Colombo via Male in The Maldives.

Days Departure/Arrival
Istanbul-Maldives- Colombo
Monday,Wednesday,
Thursday,Friday,Sunday
01:10 – 11:55 – 15:10    (TK730)
Colombo-Maldives– Istanbul
Monday,Wednesday,
Thursday,Friday,Sunday
21:40 – 22: 40 –  05:45

(TK 731)

Don’t be put off by flying via The Maldives, there is no need to change aircraft, it just stops in Male to drop off/pick up passengers and is on the ground for aprox just 55 minutes. Actually landing in the Maldives is quite an experience if you’ve never done it before, just make sure you get a window seat. Check out our photos.

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Economy Class

More Legroom

Passengers on Turkish Airlines flights have about 2 feet 9 inches of legroom. Compared to other international airlines, Turkish Airlines flights have about 1.79 Inches of additional legroom.

Slender Seats

Seats are about 1 foot 5 inches wide and recline about 6 inches, which is slightly smaller than the average for all international flights.

Recline Farther

Seats recline about 6 inches, which is 33% farther than the average for all international airlines.

One of the best flying experience!

Overall a perfect flying experience! Great service amazing food extremely friendly staff and perfectly maintained aircraft! Had a free wifi during all flight! Extremely good service not just for economy class but especially for economy class! Welcome package with socks, lipbalm, slippers etc .. great flying option for a very affordable price!

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Jaffna, Sri Lanka

In the past to travel to Jaffna, Sri Lanka, you needed a special visa stamp in your passport. Since January 2015 this has now changed. Jaffna is now open for tourists full-time.

Being located in the very north of Sri Lanka, Northern Province is sometimes referred to as Sri Lanka’s Tamil country.

minidagobas of Kantharodai Viharaya JaffnaPreviously its visitors tended to be salesmen and distributors, but with the opening up of Jaffna, the town is slowly getting ready for the influx of tourists. Testimony to this is the construction work for new accommodation choices, and the conversion of homes into homestays.

The major attractions in the area include the Nallur Kovil temple, Jaffna Fort, the hot springs at Keerimalai , the Nilavari Bottomless Well and the mysterious mini dagobas of Kantharodai Viharaya. Day trips include a trip to Delft Island to see the wild horses.

The coastal beach of Casuarina Beach may not be to European standards but hopefully amenities will improve there soon.

Re-emerging from its past, Jaffna is getting ready.

KLM resumes flights to Colombo

642367KLM resumes flights to Colombo after nearly 20 years

At the start of the 2016 winter schedule, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will resume direct services to Sri Lanka’s Colombo International Airport from October, the airline said in a statement last week.

The first flight to Colombo is scheduled to depart on Monday, 31 October 2016. This marks KLM’s return to Sri Lanka after an absence of almost 20 years.

KLM suspended service to the Sri Lankan capital (then served via Abu Dhabi) in 1997 as the war escalated.

Sri Lanka has been a safe and stable country since the civil war came to an end in 2009. Since then, the economy – tourism in particular – has grown exponentially. Sri Lanka’s per capita income doubled in the past ten years and the island is a popular tropical leisure destination for Europeans, the Amsterdam-based airline said.

Throughout the winter season, KLM will operate twice-weekly service to Colombo, departing from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on Mondays and Fridays, and returning from Colombo on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

The flights will be operated with the latest addition to KLM’s intercontinental fleet: the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which has 30 seats in World Business Class, 48 seats in Economy Comfort and 216 seats in Economy Class.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long-range, mid-size widebody, twin-engine jet airliner developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Its variants seat 242 to 335 passengers in typical 3-class seating configurations. It is Boeing’s most fuel-efficient airliner and is a pioneering airliner with the use of composite materials as the primary material in the construction of its airframe. The 787 was designed to be 20% more fuel efficient than the Boeing 767, which it is intended to replace. The 787 Dreamliner’s distinguishing features include mostly electrical flight systems, swept wingtips, and noise-reducing chevrons on its engine nacelles. It shares a common type rating with the larger Boeing 777 to allow qualified pilots to operate both models.

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