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Emirates receives nod from Sri Lanka to increase flight frequencies

Emirates has been given the green light by the Sri Lankan government to raise its flight frequencies between Dubai and Colombo, to seven, effective on July 28.

The new flights would start on a temporary operating permit basis on condition that Sri Lankan Airlines be allowed a second, daily flight to Dubai, said sources.

This decision came to be after drawn-out talks at a recent Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CCEM) meeting. The raised frequency offers passengers greater flexibility in their travel plans, giving them the opportunity to explore areas in Sri Lanka as well as connect to other flights on Emirates’ extensive global network.

CCEM has also decided to allow flydubai, Dubai’s budget carrier, to lessen its flights to Mattala Airport to four per week from seven based on the same condition attached to allowing Emirates more flights. The committee said that reducing the number of flights was better rather than completely stopping the service.

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