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British Airways to cease flights to Colombo by March 2015
25 Sep, 2014 16:37:08
Sep 25, 2014 (LBO) - British Airways announced that the flights operations to Colombo will be ceased from 28th March 2015 due to an unprofitability that the route makes, the company said in a media release.
“The Colombo route is not making a profitable contribution to our business and we are unable to sustain it,” Christopher Fordyce, Regional Commercial Manager, British Airways, South Asia, said.

“British Airways will continue flying between London Gatwick and Male, however, the service will be operational only during the winter schedule to cater to the high leisure travel demand,”

“The decision to suspend flights between Colombo and London has been a difficult one to make. We constantly assess all our global routes and take appropriate steps, as needed,”

British Airways resumed flights to Sri Lanka from April 15 last year via Maldives after gap of 15 years. Sri Lanka received 15,532 tourists from United Kingdom in the month of August 2014. Arrivals from UK were up 5.4 percent to 98,347 in the first eight months of 2014.

The airline said it is in the process of contacting all affected customers, who will be offered a full refund.

“British Airways would like to apologise to the customers affected by these changes and would like to thank the airport authorities, local government, tourist organisations and people of Sri Lanka for their support.” The airline said in the release.

With SriLankan Airlines recently joining oneworld, customers in Sri Lanka will still be able to enjoy the benefits of British Airways’ extensive network of flights to Europe and North America, connecting on from the direct SriLankan Airlines flight to London Heathrow.

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