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SriLankan to increase Tokyo flights to boost Japanese tourists

SriLankan Airlines will increase its number of frequencies to Tokyo up to five per week, with Sri Lanka growing rapidly in popularity as a destination for Japanese travelers.

Sri Lanka welcomed nearly 50,000 Japanese visitors in 2018 and is popular among both Japanese leisure travelers and those on wellness tours who wish to experience Sri Lanka’s famed Ayurveda medical and relaxation techniques.

The added frequency will also facilitate Sri Lankan and South Indian travelers to Japan, which is hosting two major global sporting events – the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

SriLankan is the only airline to operate non-stop from Tokyo to Colombo and provides rapid connections to many cities in South India and also to the Maldives which is a highly popular destination among Japanese tourists. The airline was one of the first carriers to fly to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and is celebrating 35 years of flying to Narita this year.

SriLankan has deployed its sophisticated Airbus 330-300 fleet on the Narita-Colombo sector, which contains 28 flatbeds in business class, plus 269 economy class seats, complimented by a sophisticated in-flight entertainment and world class service provided by SriLankan’s award winning cabin crew.

SriLankan currently operates four flights a week on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with flights departing Narita at 1120 hours and arriving in Colombo at 1710 hours on the same day. Flights from Colombo depart on Sunday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 1915 hours and arrive at Narita at 0735 hours on the next day. The fifth frequency, which will commence on the 16th of July 2019, will depart Narita on Tuesdays and operate at the same times as flights on other days.

Apart from its direct service, SriLankan also offers 70 flights a week between Japan and Colombo via its code share option with its oneworld partner Japan Airlines from Haneda, Narita, Kansai and Nagoya and through SriLankan’s gateway points Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and New Delhi.

SriLankan’s service is conveniently connected to many other Japanese cities through code share connectivity through its partner Japan Airlines’ domestic flights from Fukuoka, Kansai, Nagoya and Chitose.