British Airways will cease operating flights to Sri Lanka next year.
The company currently operates services from London to the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, via the Maldives, but from 28 March 2015 these flights will be suspended. Passengers will still be able to connect to Colombo using BA’s flights to Delhi and Mumbai, then onward services with oneworld’s partner SriLankan Airlines.
“British Airways will fly to Colombo and [the Maldivian capital] Male until 28 March 2015. Services to Male will recommence for winter 2015, but British Airways will cease to operate flights onwards to Colombo,” BA said in a statement.
BA resumed services to Colombo in March last year following a 15-year absence, but Christopher Fordyce, BA’s regional commercial manager for South Asia, said the route was not performing.
“The decision to suspend flights between Colombo and London has been a difficult one to make. We constantly assess all our global routes and take appropriate steps, as needed. The Colombo route is not making a profitable contribution to our business and we are unable to sustain it,” he commented.
The move will be a blow to the Sri Lankan tourism industry; the UK is one of the country’s biggest visitor source markets, with almost 100,000 Brits travelling to Sri Lanka in the first eight months of 2014.