[:en]SriLankan Airlines the flag carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the prestigious oneworld alliance will commence flight operations to Nairobi in Kenya, its second destination in East Africa after flying to the Seychelles. Scheduled flights would commence today (22nd April 2021) between Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), East Africa’s largest and busiest airport.
Accordingly, SriLankan Airlines would commence its flights to Nairobi every Thursday using an Airbus A330 configured for 269 economy and 28 business class seats. The frequency of operation will be once a week. Flight UL1715 will depart Colombo at 10:45 hrs, landing at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 14:40 hrs., with the return leg UL1716 leaving Nairobi at 04:40 hrs. and landing back into Colombo at 13:55 hrs.
SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ashok Pathirage stated, “We are delighted to be launching flights to the capital of Kenya, as SriLankan Airlines expands to the African region. We hope to see many people visit Kenya and explore the world’s stunning wildlife by offering seamless connectivity through its global route network in addition to establishing a strong presence in Kenya.”
Demand for transport to and from Nairobi has increased dramatically as a business and leisure hub for East and Central Africa. Nairobi is located strategically with land and air connections to a wider catchment area: Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia and Madagascar. Home to many safari and national parks some famous tourist destinations include Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, Serengeti National Park, and Zanzibar in Tanzania.