Jan 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand, Jetwing Air will function as the representative of Air China in the country when the airline starts service next month from Chengdu to Colombo.
Air China, one of the China’s leading carriers, is scheduled to start direct service between Chengdu, the capital city of southwest China’s Sichuan province, and the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo from 10 February 2015.
Beginning February 10, The Chengdu-Colombo service will operate four weekly flights using Airbus A330 aircraft. The four flights will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays with one-way trip taking five-and-a-half hours.
Passenger flow between southwest China and Sri Lanka has grown steadily in recent years amid increasing trade and economic activity.
China is now the third-largest trade partner for Sri Lanka, which opened a consulate in Chengdu in late 2009.
Meanwhile, more Chinese tourists are visiting the island. Number of Chinese tourists arriving in the island rose by an impressive 137.6 percent to reach 117,766 in the first 11 months of this year.