SriLankan Aitlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, will be resuming service to Switzerland from 23rd December, after a six year hiatus.
The carrier will serve Zurich, initially twice a week, via Malé in the Maldives.
Colombo - Zurich
UL541 CMB 1300 - 1925 ZRH 340 5
UL543 CMB 1000 - 1055 MLE 1155 - 1935 ZRH 340 1
Zurich - Colombo
UL544 ZRH 2045 - 1015+1 CMB 340 1
UL542 ZRH 2045 - 0950+1 MLE 1050+1 - 1245+1 340 5
SriLankan has stated that it will be exclusively utilizing its new configuration wide-body aircraft with flat bed seats and AVOD entertainment, on this route.
The competition to this route comes from Edelweiss, the SWISS' subsidiary, which will be mainly catering for charter traffic on its twice weekly service to Colombo and Malé.
The airline has been serving Zurich since 1980 ( the airline began operations in 1979 ) and stopped flying in 2005. The decision to terminate Zurich services was quite controversial at the time and was met with heavy opposition from various parties. The airline was being managed by Emirates Airline at the time and immediately following the closure, Emirates Airline added its second daily flight to Zurich. The airline has since changed hands from Emirates to a state owned one following a government buyout in 2010.
Within the last twelve months, SriLankan has started operations to Shanghai, Guangzhou and Kochi, and will be flying to Moscow at the end of the Summer.