Surge in Australian visitors following launch of SriLankan Airlines direct flights
June 2018


Direct flight connectivity between Melbourne and Colombo results in boost in tourists numbers from Australia

The number of visitors to Sri Lanka from Australia and New Zealand has surged following SriLankan Airlines' commencement of daily direct services between Melbourne and Colombo. The latest statistics compiled by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority also places Australia firmly among the top ten markets for visitors to Sri Lanka.

SriLankan launched its services between Melbourne, one of Australia's largest cities, and Colombo in October 2017. In December, SriLankan provided further convenience for travellers from most other major Australian cities by expanding its codeshare agreement with Qantas to link Melbourne with Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney, and New Zealand's largest city Auckland.

Visitor arrivals from Australia jumped 60.2 per cent in March 2018 and 40.6 per cent from New Zealand in comparison with the same month last year. These growth rates are far above the 24.1 per cent growth of total visitor arrivals to Sri Lanka from all countries during March 2018.

Growth rates for January 2018 were 16.5 per cent from Australia and 21.8 per cent from New Zealand while growth in February 2018 was 27.0 per cent from Australia and 38.8 per cent from New Zealand.

The direct flights provide a high level of convenience for all travellers, including tourists, Sri Lankan students studying in Australia, and the large community of Sri Lankans living throughout Australia and New Zealand.