Emirates to operate one-off A380 flight to Colombo
Emirates commenced operations to Sri Lanka in April 1986 and operates a total of 34 flights a week from Colombo
Emirates’ A380 aircraft will make a one-off landing at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Katunayake, on Monday, August 14 as the airline joins local authorities in the celebration of the airport’s resurfaced runway.
The special flight, operating as EK654 from Dubai, will be the first A380 aircraft to disembark passengers in Sri Lanka after completing a commercial service. The one-off A380 aircraft will arrive at 04:10pm and be on ground for more than six hours before it returns to Dubai as flight EK655 departing at 10:10pm.
“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 A380 to this destination,” said Ahmed Khoory, Emirates’ senior vice president, West Asia and Indian Ocean.
Emirates commenced operations to Sri Lanka in April 1986 and operates a total of 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 has deployed Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft on scheduled flights serving Sri Lanka.