Despite major financial losses suffered in recent times, Sri Lanka’s national airline, SriLankan Airlines, has been picked as the world’s leading airline in the Indian Ocean.
SriLankan Airlines, a member of the oneworld alliance, won the prestigious ‘World’s Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean’ title once again at the Grand Final Gala Ceremony of World Travel Awards, in Muscat, Oman.
The Airline was also nominated for the titles ‘World’s Leading Airline’, ‘World’s Leading Airline – Business Class’, ‘World’s Leading Airline – Economy’ and ‘World’s Leading Cultural Airline.’
SriLankan Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer, Vipula Gunatilleka said “This award reaffirms the success of our consistent efforts to establish a consolidated presence in the Indian Ocean region. Our expansion efforts have been in line with the market demands and we anticipate a few more connectivity additions in the coming months. Our global connectivity across other key regions has invariably made us a popular choice of travel to and from the Indian Subcontinent via our Colombo hub.”
The Airline has been defending the coveted title since 2016 and in October this year the Airline won the ‘Asia’s Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean’ title at the WTA Asia Oceania ceremony.
The Award proves SriLankan’s presence in the South Asian region, strongly supported by its connectivity of 124 flights a week to and from11 Indian cities. The Airline also operates to other popular cities such as Dhaka (7 times a week), Karachi (5 times a week) and Lahore (3 times a week).
The Maldives has been Sri Lanka’s extended home market with its connectivity to Male of 21 flights a week, facilitating leisure-seekers from its extensive network of Middle East, the Europe, the Far East and Australia. SriLankan 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.
The other contenders to the title were Air Austral, Air France, Air India, Air Seychelles, AirAsia, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines.
The other award winners were, oneworld alliance,dnata, JW Marriot, Changi International Airport, Hilton London Heathrow Airport, England, Bear Grylls Survival Academy, Armani Hotel Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, UAE, and Star Clippers. World Travel Awards™, celebrating 26th anniversary this year, was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. Today, the World Travel Awards™ brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.
In 2019, World Travel Awards™ Grand Tour featured regional gala ceremonies in North America & the Caribbean (Jamaica), Middle East (Abu Dhabi, UAE), Africa & the Indian Ocean (Mauritius), Europe (Madeira, Portugal), Latin America (La Paz, Bolivia), and Asia & Oceania (Phu Quoc, Vietnam).