British Airways Announces New Flights to Sri Lanka from London Gatwick
HARMONDSWORTH, England, August 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
British Airways is launching a new route to Sri Lanka from London Gatwick next year.
The three-times-a-week service to the capital city Colombo will start on March 31,
2013 and will be operated by a Boeing 777 with three cabins including Club World with
fully flat beds.
Flights, which are now on sale, will operate via Male in the Maldives with a flying
time of just over 12 and a half hours.
Silla Maizey, British Airways managing director Gatwick, said: “This is such an
exciting new route for us. The UK has the second largest number of tourists visiting the
island after India so it’s a fantastic opportunity for them to fly there with British
Airways from Gatwick.
“Sri Lanka has so much to offer visitors from beach, spa or adventure holidays, to
wildlife and nature breaks.”
The island, which is famed for its stunning white beaches and warm and friendly
locals, is going through somewhat of a revival among leisure travelers. Away from the
beaches, there are numerous highlights to discover, including the Temple of the Tooth in
Kandy which is said to house the sacred tooth relic of Buddha and the impressive ancient
rock fortress in Sigiriya (Lion’s Rock).
For travelers who like to indulge in a more active holiday, there are great hiking
trails through its Hill Country region, white water rafting, and many world class dive
sites and surfing spots.
British Airways offer a range of hotels from budget three star properties to five star
luxury boutique hotels which can be booked together with flights. The four star Eden
Resort & Spa in Beruwala on the south west coast lies on a stretch of golden sands on
Beruwala beach and has its own Ayurveda spa. The five star boutique hotel, The Fortress,
in Galle is a luxurious base to explore the ancient fort in the Dutch colonial city.
Customers flying to Colombo will travel through British Airways’ dedicated check-in
area at Gatwick North Terminal, where new technology allows them to check-in faster and
enjoy more time relaxing before their flight.
Visit ba.com/srilanka [http://www.britishairways.com/travel/new-routes/public/en_gb ]
for more details.
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