SriLankan Airlines has confirmed that it will officially join the oneworld airline alliance, alongside British Airways, in ‘early’ 2014.
SriLankan is not a large airline, operating just 21 aircraft to 22 countries from Colombo (below). Routes do, however, include Heathrow, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Tokyo, so it will open up opportunities for getting around Asia.
Importantly, Colombo is also a key stopping off point for The Maldives, with Colombo being just an hour or so from Male. This opens up yet another potential redemption routing from London, and adds to the new Qatar Airways option that opened up when they joined oneworld.
British Airways resumed its own flights to Colombo this year after a number of years, tagging it onto the end of three existing flights to The Maldives each week.