- Colombo will be served as a seasonal operation in the winter schedule 2021 – 22 and a continuation of the Air France flight from Male
- First flight departure from Colombo – Paris today
Air France is set to expand its long – haul network with the launch of three weekly direct flights between Paris and Colombo.
Customers will be able to travel to Paris and connect to the Air France global network with close to 200 destinations via the convenient hub of Paris, Charles de Gaulle.
Colombo will be served as a seasonal operation in the winter schedule 2021 – 22 and a continuation of the Air France flight from Male. Customers are to experience the best of Air France cabins on board the Boeing 787-9 operating on this route.
The first flight departure from Colombo – Paris is today (November 5), 2021. Symbolic to new beginnings, Air France will mark this occasion with the lighting of a traditional lamp and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the airport.
“We are thrilled to start operations between Colombo and Paris and offer the best of Air France services and care to our customers while applying strict health and hygiene protocols. The connection of Air France and Colombo dates back to the 1950’s with the route Paris-Rome-Cairo-Bahrain-KarachiColombo-Bangkok-Saigon, operated by our sister company UTA. 27 years later, we are excited to return to Colombo and display our ambition to include Sri Lanka in our extensive global network,” said Jean-Noel Rault, General Manager Air France – KLM, Indian Sub-continent stated:
Eric Lavertu, Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives said, “A wonderful reopening of the connection between Paris and Colombo by a French airline after many years.
No doubt that the city of lights and the pearl of Indian Ocean are two cities which need direct and frequent relations.”
Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said the Government of Sri Lanka is pleased with the decision taken by Air France to operate direct flights to Sri Lanka after a lapse in services for more than 30 years.
The introduction of direct services between Colombo and Paris will assist with the recovery process of tourism in the country and more importantly act as a conduit connecting Sri Lanka to Paris; one of the most important tourism hubs in the world.”