Sri Lankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the Oneworld alliance has been titled as Worlds Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean at the Grand Final Gala Ceremony of World Travel Awards which was held recently in Lisbon, Portugal.
"Sri Lankan Airlines has demonstrated a relentless drive to improve its services and I am delighted that it has been acknowledged by both the travel trade and the public by being voted Worlds Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean." Said World Travel Awards Founder Graham Cooke, Congratulating Sri Lankan Airlines.
Sri Lankan Airlines competed with Air Austral, Air France, Air India, Air Seychelles, AirAsia, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines for the title which the airline has won for the past three years.
"This award highlights our efforts to establish a consolidated presence in the Indian Ocean region. Our expansion efforts have been consistent and in line with the market demands." Said Sri Lankan Airlines Senior Manager Marketing Saminda Perera.
"Whilst increasing frequencies to popular destinations based on passenger demands, we have constantly endeavoured to upgrade our product in order to provide an unmatchable travel experience. Our global connectivity across key regions has invariably made us a choice of travel to and from the Indian Subcontinent via our Colombo hub."
While this award further reinforces the Airlines stature as a leading carrier in the Indian Subcontinent, the airline was also awarded Asias Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean and Asias Leading Marketing Campaign titles at the WTA Asia Australasia ceremony in September this year.
The award proves Sri Lankans presence in the South Asian region, strongly supported by its connectivity of 119 flights a week to 13 Indian cities (including seasonal operations to Bodh Gaya and Varanasi). The Airline also operates to other popular cities such as Dhaka, Karachi and Lahore.
The Maldives has been Sri Lankas extended home market with its connectivity to Male of 21 flights a week, facilitating leisure-seekers from its extensive network of Middle East, Europe, the Far East and Australia. Sri Lankan also became the first Airline to connect Gan Island of South Maldives with the world, thus becoming the only airline that operates out of two points in the Maldives.