India’s Jet Airways is to launch daily direct flights to Colombo from Mumbai and Delhi, effective 5 November 2010. Flight 9W 256 will depart Mumbai daily at 02:10 reaching Colombo at 04:45. On the return sector, flight 9W 255 will depart Colombo at 20:20 and reach Mumbai at 22:55. On the Delhi-Colombo sector, flight 9W 257 will depart Delhi at 13:30 and arrive Colombo at 17:05 and on the return leg, 9W 258 will depart Colombo at 07:50 and reach Delhi at 11:30.
The introduction of the two new flights serving Sri Lanka and India, are in addition to the existing daily Chennal – Colombo service, with which the airline launched its international operations in 2004.
With this enhanced connectivity, commencing with the winter schedule Colombo will now be connected to Jet Airways’ two strategic hubs – Delhi and Mumbai. The airline will thus be able to offer its guests seamless connectivity through Mumbai and New Delhi onto several destinations across North America, Europe, as well as destinations across the Gulf, Middle East and Far East on the Jet Airways network.
Mr. Nikos Kardassis, CEO, Jet Airways, said, “Jet Airways is delighted to provide direct links from the financial and the national capital to the Emerald Isle. Sri Lanka is fast emerging as a highly rated global tourism destination and we are happy to offer our guests seamless connections to several destinations across our network, through our important gateways points – Mumbai and Delhi, and at the same time strengthen air connectivity to destinations within the SAARC region.”
The airline will deploy a state-of-the-art Boeing 737-800 aircraft on the routes, offering 8 Premiere and 162 economy class seats.