Tour operators are positively assessing the real resumption of flights with Sri Lanka, since this will expand the range of year-round beach destinations, as well as significantly reduce prices due to direct regular flights.
Direct flights between Colombo and Moscow will resume on 30 July. This was reported by the press service of SriLankan Airlines. The carrier is returning to Russia after a six-year break.
Weekly regular flights between Domodedovo and Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) will operate on Saturdays.
Flight UL533 departs Colombo at 22:20 and lands at Domodedovo at 04:30, return flight UL534 leaves Moscow at 19:15. the next day and return to Colombo at 06:05.
An Airbus A330-300 aircraft with an economy cabin for 269 seats and 28 seats in business class is announced for the route. Tickets are already available for booking on the carrier’s website, the cost starts at 21,099 rubles for a one-way flight at the ECO VALUE fare, which includes the carriage of 30 kg of baggage. An RT ticket will cost from RUB 46,071 per person.
“We believe that returning to Moscow will open a window of opportunity for both countries,” said Chairman of the Board of SriLankan Airlines Ashok Patizh. “This is an important air link for SriLankan Airlines as we connect to the largest country in the world, which is also known as one of the world’s greatest cultural and historical destinations.”
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Russian tour operators have already launched flights based on the GDS tariffs of SriLankan Airlines regular flights.
The press service of the Intourist tour operator reported that the average cost of the tour will be 2030 usd for two in a 4 * hotel with half board meals. “In the absence of other exotic destinations, vacation in Sri Lanka will be in demand,” the company said.
ANEX Tour has also started to implement tours to Sri Lanka on the basis of regular flights. The tour operator is still restrained in commenting on the prospects for the direction in the Russian market, since the volume of transportation is relatively small, and the conditions for entry and stay in the country remain quite strict. In addition, the cost of the tours does not yet allow Sri Lanka to compete with other more popular beach destinations.
“At the moment, demand for Sri Lanka is weak. This is due to a large list of requirements for tourists to visit (including mandatory additional services), a restriction on the number of hotels (Level 1 list), a fairly high price tag for tours and seasonality: the high season in Sri Lanka is autumn-winter, not summer … All tours to Sri Lanka include a package of visa support and mandatory payment services for PCR tests, which will be carried out on site. The “Documents all inclusive” package includes: visa, 2 PCR tests, insurance against COVID-19. Easing requirements for fully vaccinated tourists and the resumption of direct flights between Russia and Sri Lanka are a positive start for restoring tourist traffic. We expect that such dynamics will continue and in the autumn-winter season the demand for this destination among tourists will increase, ”the press service of ANEX Tour noted.
On July 8, the Sri Lankan authorities announced the abolition of the mandatory
Also, vaccinated tourists can attend excursions during rest and leave the hotel. Unvaccinated guests must stay exclusively on the territory of the hotel.
We will remind, Russia has decided to resume flights with Sri Lanka on March 25, however, there has been no direct regular flights between the countries since 2015.
The island opened to tourists on January 21, 2021 after a ten-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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