Top News SriLankan Airlines’ free flights draw strong interest By Feizal Samath / Posted on 13 September, 2021 10:51 National carrier SriLankan Airlines’ buy-one-get-one-free offer for passengers from India and Russia is seeing encouraging interest, particularly from the Indian market. Airline officials revealed that flights from India have been fully booked since the promotion kicked in on September 1, 2021. The promotion is backed by SriLankan Airlines’ resumption of India routes on the same day; flights to New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Trivandrum, Bengalaru and Cochin are now in operation. SriLankan Airlines is giving away a free ticket to passengers from India and Russia when they purchase a holiday package with flight Some Indian travellers are staying in Sri Lanka for seven to 14 days before proceeding to another destination of their choice, as commercial flights to and from India are presently banned until September 30. The promotion for the Russian market was enforced in mid-August, and the ticket offer for both markets are tied to holiday packages that passengers must subscribe to. The packages, available in three- and five-night durations and longer, are curated by SriLankan Airlines and a member agency of the Sri Lanka Association for Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO). SLAITO past president Mahen Kariyawasam confirms that there has been good response for the Indian tour package. SriLankan Airlines resumed flights on July 30 to Moscow after a six-year hiatus. During the pandemic, Sri Lanka has been receiving a trickle of visitors, many from Russia and Ukraine. From November, SriLankan Airlines will resume flights to Paris. Air France and Swiss International Airlines, through subsidiary airline Edelweiss, have also announced flights to Colombo from November, with expectations of demand rising for the winter traffic.