SriLankan Airlines has announced a special “buy one and get one free” offer for Indian travellers to visit Sri Lanka in the months to come. The offer is valid for all the seating categories and is applicable to the bookings made for flights between India & Colombo for leisure travel. This offer will be valid on bookings made until October 31, 2021.
This special offer has been timed with the recent announcement by the Government of Sri Lanka to reopen the island nation in promoting tourism sector under bio- bubble stay and travel procedure. Accordingly, Sri Lanka is welcoming fully vaccinated Indian tourists including Covaxin and there will be no quarantine for travellers who test Covid negative on arrival in Sri Lanka. One just needs to be fully vaccinated, with the second shot taken at least 14 days before the trip. A mandatory RT-PCR test will be conducted in the hotel and if anyone tests positive will be taken to health care centres run from hotels.
This special offer would enable Indian leisure travellers to explore numerous attractions available in Sri Lanka after the country relaxed the travel regulations to the tourists. The discounted air tickets together with special incentives offered by the Sri Lankan industry partners would indeed influence Indian holidaymakers to choose Sri Lanka as the ideal & most easily accessible destination to travel.
From September 1, 2021, the airline will be resuming services between Colombo and the Indian points; Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Trivandrum and Cochin with flights once a week, whilst Hyderabad and New Delhi will be connected to Colombo with twice-weekly flights. Further, the Airlines’ operations out of Chennai and Mumbai will expand up to five times a week whilst its Bangalore-Colombo services will be enhanced to flights three times a week.
Currently, India accounts for over 120 million fully vaccinated citizens, which can be a huge potential tourist segment for Sri Lanka. The “buy one and get one free” is expected to draw an impressive number of travellers from India to Sri Lanka at a time when global travel is still restricted.