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SriLankan extends network to New York and four other cities through Etihad partnership

SriLankan Airlines has expanded its route network to New York, Chicago, Athens, Cyprus, and Turkey through the enhancing of its code-share partnership with Etihad Airways, the airline said in a news release.

Mohamed Fazeel, Head of Worldwide Sales, said: "North America is an important market for Sri Lanka and SriLankan Airlines, and we are delighted to once again serve our customers in New York, and to add Chicago as well."

There has been a steady increase in passenger traffic from the United States and Canada to Sri Lanka following the dawn of peace. They include Sri Lankans domiciled there. SriLankan’s network already serves the west coast of the U.S. with a connection to Los Angeles through Malaysia Airlines, and the addition of New York and Chicago would serve those on the east coast.

"The code-shares to Larnaca in Cyprus, the Greek capital Athens, and Istanbul in Turkey have strengthened the network in a region where there are large numbers of migrant workers from Sri Lanka," said Fazeel.

All five of these services provide direct flights to Abu Dhabi, with 12 onward connections to Colombo each week between SriLankan and Etihad.

Code-sharing refers to the arrangement between two airlines by which passengers of one airline can fly on flights of the other. Passengers then have an increased number of destinations to fly to. For the airlines, it provides opportunities to serve more destinations without having to invest in more aircraft and infrastructure.

Code-sharing is usually between airlines of similar standards, to ensure that passengers receive excellent service. SriLankan already has code-share agreements on Etihad flights to seven other cities, and also code-shares on flights of Malaysia Airlines and the British airline bmi.

Etihad, Malaysia Airlines and Saudi Arabian Airlines respectively code-share on a number of SriLankan Airlines’ flights from Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur Jeddah and Dammam to Colombo.

Fazeel added: "It is our strategy to strengthen our worldwide operations through our code-share partnerships, and last month’s additions mark a significant expansion of our network to tap several new prospective markets."

With these five new destinations, SriLankan’s global network now spans 49 cities in 32 countries.

The service to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) operates on a daily basis as does the flight to Chicago. The flights to Athens also operate on a daily basis, with the Istanbul service operating five times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The thrice-weekly flight to Larnaca operates on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

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