Colombo’s runway is back

DUBAI, UAE, 21 July 2017: Emirates will deploy an A380 aircraft to make a one-off landing at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Katunayake, 14 August, to mark the completion of runway improvements.

The special flight, operating as EK654 from Dubai, will be the first A380 commercial flight to land in Sri Lanka.

The one-off flight will allow airport executives, VIPs, trade partners and media to enjoy a guided tour of the double-decker aircraft.

“Colombo has welcomed us from the day Emirates commenced daily flights from Dubai in 1986, just a year after the airline launched its operations. We are honoured to work alongside the city, airport, and the Sri Lankan Civil Aviation authorities, to bring our flagship A380 to this vibrant destination,” said Emirates’ senior vice president, West Asia and Indian Ocean, Ahmed Khoory.

Emirates operates a mix of Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft, but the closest Sri Lankan passengers come to experiencing Emirates double-decker jet is either in Dubai or Singapore. Since 2008, Emirates has flown over 80 million passengers on its A380 fleet.

Emirates commenced operations to Sri Lanka in April 1986 and operates 34 flights a week from Colombo — 27 flights westward to Malé and Dubai and seven eastward to Singapore connecting onwards to Melbourne, Australia. The airline uses its Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft on all flights to Sri Lanka.

(Source: Emirates)