‘flydubai’, Dubai's low-cost airline, began flights to Mattala Rajapaksa international Airport at Mattala today (Wednesday) , officials of Jetwing Air , Sri Lankan general sales agent of ‘flydubai’ said.
‘flydubai’operates flights to Mattala three-times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from today and daily from June 3, General Manager of Jetwing Air J.D.Wieman told Times Online.
He expressed optimism that the number of passengers from Mattala will increase within the next few months, although the bulk of passengers is from Colombo currently. There will be a demand for ‘flydubai’ flights from the North, East and South with the popularity of the airline and additional flights are in response to anticipated passenger demand in the near future, he added.
“From today we operate 10 flights from Colombo to Dubai and three out of it via Mattala” Sales Manager Jetwing Air (flydubai) Suren Balsuriya revealed. "The total number of weekly flights would go up to 14 and out of it 7 will be via Mattala from June 3," he added.
More than 30 per cent of ‘flydubai's’ total passenger traffic to Sri Lanka in 2012 was connecting traffic from the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) regions and the Middle Eastern countries. (Bandula)