SriLankan Airlines plans Sydney-Colombo flights for 2020

The Oneworld member intends to add Sydney to its network, while also considering flights to Frankfurt and Paris.

By David Flynn, November 12 2019
SriLankan Airlines plans Sydney-Colombo flights for 2020

SriLankan Airlines says it will begin flights between Sydney and Colombo in 2020, complementing the current daily Melbourne-Colombo service, while also upgrading the business class of its Airbus A320neo-family jets for premium passengers connecting through to Asia.

The Oneworld member flagged its intentions as part of a 'business turnaround plan' released overnight, while noting its work to reverse a trend of rising expenses and reduced income.

"The airline will expand its presence in the important Australian market by commencing operations to Sydney next year and further strengthen its position as the largest foreign carrier in India with the launch of services to Ahmedabad," the airline said in a statement.

Enjoy SriLankan hospitality on the 10-hour journey between Sydney and Colombo.
Enjoy SriLankan hospitality on the 10-hour journey between Sydney and Colombo.

"SriLankan also intends to stretch its wings in Southeast Asia with a new service to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam, while plans to return to Frankfurt, Paris and other earlier destinations continue to be under consideration."

Also on the cards for 2020: "revamping of the business class product and service, improved ranges of meals and beverages, and plans to introduce more comfortable seating in the business class cabins of the narrow-body fleet including the NEO aircraft serving the Far East."

Travellers on the 10 hour journey between Sydney and Colombo can expect updated Airbus A330-300 jets featuring the airline's newest business class seats, with fully-flat beds and direct aisle access for every traveller.

SriLankan's latest business class uses the same model seat as Cathay Pacific.
SriLankan's latest business class uses the same model seat as Cathay Pacific.

This is the same business class seat as most notably flown by Cathay Pacific, with passengers also able to tap into inflight WiFi at US$8 for one hour, US$15 for three hours or US$25 for unlimited time and data across the entire flight.

As a Oneworld member, SriLankan offers perks such as priority check-in and boarding, lounge access and an increased luggage allowance to Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire frequent flyers – including Qantas Platinums and Golds – as equivalents to its FlySmiLes Platinum and Gold tiers.

Qantas Frequent Flyers will also be able to pocket a small serve of points and status credits on eligible SriLankan Airlines fares and redeem their points on SriLankan flights.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

22 Jan 2018

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I haven't flown their long haul but my mates who often fly from LHR say it's a wonderful experience. Not ground breaking like QR QSuites, but a very overall pleasant experience. Good luck to UL!

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02 Sep 2018

Total posts 156

I think Sri Lankan has great potential to be another main connecting airline to Europe and india. The options to india is kind of limited right now having to connect in Hong Kong (poor timing) or KL (limited destination and worse product).


29 Jun 2013

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I recently flew from Melbourne to Colombo on SriLankan, the flight was great! was able to catch up on some rest with lie-flat seats! They still have silver service for tea :)

If they can upgrade their food and wine selection and hit the sweet spot on price (Value for money) ! they will become a key player for flights to India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Pakistan & London

25 Feb 2015

Total posts 56

Yes I agree they are a decent airline (and I have a bit of a sweet spot for them as they have upgraded me twice! (Take note Qantas)).

What needs, desperately, to improve is their lounge offering in Colombo. It is absolutely shocking. Apart from a dismal ambience, food and beverage offering, I will never forget the towel I was given for my frayed that it literally disintegrated as I dried myself!

Until the lounge improves I would avoid CMB as a transit destination.

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