Aeroflot Airlines recommenced its flight operations to Colombo yesterday from Moscow with a flight frequency of two flights per week between Moscow and Colombo, Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Limited (AASL) said.
Accordingly, the first flight with 240 passengers, arrived at 10.50 am at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) yesterday.
They said that Aeroflot, the Russian National flag carrier will initially operate flights every Friday and Sunday, and will increase the frequency up to five times a week in the near future.
Aeroflot is one of the oldest international airlines that operates flights to Colombo and has been flying since 1964. Due to COVID-19 global pandemic, Aeroflot had to temporarily halt operations to Colombo in 2020.
This will boost the tourism industry in Sri Lanka, especially in the post-pandemic period.
For many decades, Russia has been one of the most reliable and friendly destinations for Sri Lanka in the area of attracting tourists for many decades, inbound tourism from Russia has shown great potential as an important source for developing and marketing the travel and tourism industry in Sri Lanka.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka is steadily becoming one of the most popular destinations for the Russian tourists. Therefore, the recommencement of Aeroflot to Sri Lanka will immensely contribute to the booming aviation, travel, and tourism industries in Sri Lanka. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)