AviationColombo bombings force national carrier to reassess its growth plans.

SriLankan puts Sydney flights on hold

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Sydney flights put on hold by SriLankan Airlines.
SriLankan Airlines has stalled the launch of flights to Sydney, Frankfurt and Paris following the April 21 bombings in Colombo.

The number of visitors to Sri Lanka plummeted in the months immediately following the attacks, putting pressure on SriLankan to take a fresh look at its five-year business plan.

The airline is maintaining its daily service to Melbourne and still hopes to launch other new routes this year.

“We were looking at Frankfurt and Paris and also Sydney in the new business plan in the next two to three years. Those will get readjusted accordingly,” SriLankan Airlines CEO Vipula Gunatilleka told CAPA TV on the sidelines of IATA AGM in early June.

“But some of the other destinations like Nairobi or other African cities and also Vietnam will happen.”

Gunatilleka said India and Middle East routes have held up since the bombings, which most impacted its Chinese routes, London and Tokyo.

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