Korean Air commenced direct flights to Colombo on Saturday. As per reports, Korean Air will fly to Colombo three times a week on Monday, Wednesday & Saturday.
The newly introduced flights will fly on Seoul – Colombo route. And the flights will return to Seoul from Colombo on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday of each week.
An inaugural ceremony was attended by Chang HoonChi, President and C.O.O of Korean Air, Tissa Wijeratne, Ambassador of Sri Lanka, and senior officials from the Incheon Airport and Korean Air.
The commencement of direct flights between Korea and Sri Lanka will facilitate the passenger traffic and goods providing new business opportunities for the aviation industries of both countries. This initiative will allow Sri Lankan and Korean companies to expand their business/investment ventures, enhance bilateral relations, broaden cultural understanding, and overall, deepen the mutual ties between Korea and Sri Lanka.
Tourism sector is also set to get a boost with the commencement of direct flights. The year 2012, saw the increase in Korean tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka by nearly 43% compared to the year 2011, owed greatly to successful tourism promotion activities. The Embassy and the Sri Lanka Tourism promotion Bureau are planning to enhance tourism promotional activities with the support of Korean Air.