flydubai to operate MRIA flights
flydubai, Dubai’s innovative airline, will operate flights to the new
Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) from May 21. It will
operate flights thrice a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
The airline has also decided to operate a daily frequency from MRIA
from June making it the first airline to launch daily flights at the new
flydubai currently operates daily flights to Colombo and with the
introduction of daily flights to MRIA from June; the airline would have
a double daily to Sri Lanka.
Through this second route to the island, flydubai continues to
further support the Government’s efforts to bring in 2.5 million
visitors a year by 2016. The airline carried 104,000 passengers in 2012,
recording a remarkable 67 percent year-on-year growth.
“We are grateful to the authorities for their continued support and
for giving flydubai the opportunity to serve the Sri Lankan market. We
launched flights to Colombo in July 2010 with a four-times a week
service, said flydubai's Chief Commercial Officer, Hamad Obaidalla.”
Following increased demand this rose to five times a week two months
later, before daily operations began in March 2012. We are delighted to
launch operations to the new Mattala Airport, which will help increase
accessibility and drive the development of the Eastern and Southern
coasts,” he said.To better accommodate the surge in passenger traffic to
Sri Lanka specially from Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth
of Independent States (CIS), flydubai has focused on improving
connection times in Dubai.
Its new, more convenient schedule led to a 911 percent increase in
the number of passengers connecting from 34 weekly flights to Colombo to
“We are always exploring new opportunities to connect Dubai to other
destinations within our network. Through this new route, those seeking
leisure breaks from Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS can take
advantage of the affordable, high quality service for onward travel to
Sri Lanka through Dubai,” said Obaidalla.
“flydubai has a comprehensive network to the CIS and Central and
Eastern Europe, connecting Colombo, and once in operation at Hambantota,
to 15 destinations in 10 countries in the region,” a spokesman for the