Kingfisher Airlines, India's first and only 5-star airline, extended its international footprint by launching daily direct flights from Colombo to Bangalore, and Colombo to Chennai, on Monday.
"The introduction of these flights marks the continuation of the second phase of international route expansion plans of Kingfisher Airlines. Earlier on January 5, 2009, Kingfisher Airlines launched daily direct services between Mumbai and London Heathrow. In the first phase of the roll out of its international route network, Kingfisher Airlines commenced services from Bangalore to London Heathrow," Silva Ramachandran, Vice President Global Sales, Kingfisher Airlines Ltd, told a press conference in Colombo.
Kingfisher Airlines is a part of the UB Group that is one of India's largest conglomerates with diverse interests and a global presence.
At the launch Chairman Aitken Spence Ltd (General Sales Agents -GSA for Kingfisher Airlines in Sri Lanka ), Harry Jayawardena said becoming GSA of Kingfisher further strengthens the company’s group activities in the airline sector.
“We are in the airline sector for the past 30 years and we are the oldest GSA in the world for Singapore Airlines. Kingfisher choosing us for their expansions would further consolidate our march in the airline industry,” he said, addressing the media.
With a fleet of 87 aircraft, Kingfisher Airlines connects 73 cities and operates 442 flights a day.