SriLankan offers ‘transit holiday’ in Colombo
Dubai, June 15, 2009
SriLankan Airlines passengers transiting Colombo can now avail the airline’s offer of extending its hotel accommodation service for transit passengers for up to 48 hours for a nominal fee.
“SriLankan Airlines would like even our transit passengers to enjoy the wide range of amazing attractions on our island of Paradise,” said Amith Sumanapala, general manager SriLankan Holidays.
“The extension of our connecting point service hotel accommodation programme gives passengers transiting for up to 48 hours the opportunity to relax at a beach resort and enjoy the legendary hospitality and friendliness of Sri Lankan culture,” he added.
SriLankan already provides complimentary accommodation for passengers in transit for between 8 and 24 hours. And now, passengers whose transit times range between 24-48 hours will be provided hotel accommodation and airport transfers at the nominal rate of $10 per person, yet another value added service by Sri Lanka’s award-winning airline for its customers.
This service is also for passengers who choose not to take the first available connecting flight.
Nearly 40 per cent of SriLankan’s passengers are those in transit to other destinations. The airline is projecting Sri Lanka as a hub between Europe and the Middle East in the West, and Southeast Asia and the Far East in the East. SriLankan also has convenient connections to eight cities in the Subcontinent (India, Pakistan and the Maldives).
At Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport, passengers are whisked away to their hotels in air-conditioned vehicles. Passengers can choose from no less than a dozen hotels of various types within half an hour’s travel of the airport, including those in the seaside resort town of Negombo, and the nearby beach area.
Passengers can spend their time on the beach; explore the vibrant nightlife among the pubs, restaurants and boutiques of Negombo’s hotel road; or even take a quick trip down to Colombo, just an hour’s drive away, to enjoy the city’s nightlife and great value for money shopping for items such as brand clothing, Ceylon tea, handicrafts and precious stones.
When the time comes for their onward flights, passengers are picked up at their hotels by the airline and brought back to the airport well in time. While they wait, they can enjoy the conveniences of one of the finest airports in the region, with its modern aerobridges and South Asia’s best-stocked duty free shopping complex.
Passengers who wish to obtain this service can request it when booking their air tickets, and the cost will be added to their fare. – TradeArabia News Service