UPDATE: The airline has confirmed to The Networker that it will not be launching its own service to Canada, but instead code-share.
SriLankan Airlines has long been planning to operate flights into Toronto, Canada. The airline wanted to operate these flights via London, and they recently received fifth freedom approval from the UK authorities for flights between UK and Canada. However, there has been no official indication on this route from the airline so far. The Sri Lankan Minister of Civil Aviation has today commented that SriLankan, which is state owned, would be launching daily flights to Toronto via London Heathrow In October. And for a different reason altogether, now it seems that this comment in fact is true.
The Canadian Transport Agency ( CTA ) has, on 20th May, issued an extra-bilateral authority, to Air Canada for
This would mean that Air Canada would be operating a code-share flight to Sri Lanka on board another carrier. And this other carrier could only mean SriLankan as no other Sri Lanka based carrier is presently contemplating flying to Canada.a temporary licence to operate, through code sharing, an international air service on a scheduled basis, using large aircraft, between Canada and Sri Lanka.
If this becomes true, it could for sure be a serious competition to Emirates which is sourcing a majority of traffic from the Indian sub-continent presently limited to just three weekly flights to Canada.
This could all end up to be just a simple code-share of the two airlines that will connect each other at London Heathrow. But nevertheless, it would be a very interesting subject to watch.