SriLankan Airlines triumphs at World Travel Awards Grand Final
January 2018

SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, proving its consolidated presence in the Indian Sub-Continent yet again, was awarded the 'World's Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean' title at the World Travel Awards Ceremony, in Phu Quoc, Vietnam.

On congratulating SriLankan Airlines, Graham E Cooke, Founder and President, World Travel Awards said, "A well-deserved congratulations to SriLankan Airlines on their success at the World Travel Awards' Grand Final. 'World's Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean 2017' is a prestigious international award that places SriLankan Airlines firmly at the top of the travel and tourism industry. I hope their recognition, both by their peers and members of the public, will inspire them to aim ever higher in the pursuit of excellence."

Siva Ramachandran, Chief Commercial Officer, SriLankan Airlines, said, "We are pleased to have received this prestigious award at the WTA Ceremony. This is a true testimony of our efforts to establish a strong presence in South Asia and the Indian Ocean markets. While introducing new destinations, we have also increased frequencies to popular destinations based on the passenger demand. We will continue to explore opportunities to expand our reach in the region and endeavour to offer our passengers enhanced connectivity and a wider choice when travelling with us."

The award proves SriLankan's presence in the South Asian region, strongly supported by its connectivity of 133 flights a week to 14 Indian cities (including seasonal operations to Bodh Gaya and Varanasi). The Airline also operates to Dhaka, Karachi and Lahore.

The Maldives has been Sri Lanka's extended home market with its connectivity to Malé of 27 flights a week, facilitating leisure-seekers from its extensive network in the Middle East, 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, Kenya Airways, KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines.

This year, SriLankan Airlines also won 'Asia's Leading Cultural Airline' at the World Travel Awards Asia Ceremony and 'Asia's Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean' at the World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Ceremony.