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Lufthansa To Colombo (Sri Lanka)  
User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5475 times:

I heard the rumor, that Lufthansa might start services into Colombo in Sri Lanka next year.

As the rumors of LH into KUL turned to be correct, I ask my self, if there could be a possibility, that this rumor is going to take place as well.

Did Lufthansa fly into Colombo earlier?


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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19236 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5443 times:

I don't know about pax services, but don't forget that LH Cargo regularly visits CMB.


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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5438 times:

Hmm, just like the rumor of LH flying into CUN, I doubt that they'll take up CMB - or is there enough Business and First Class traffic on that route? I guess they'll simply stay with the two weekly Condor/Thomas Cook flights from FRA to CMB...


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User currently offlineSrilankan_340 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2002, 201 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5398 times:

Just to add my two cents worth....

If LTU, Condor and UL are flying regularly to Germany, then I would assume there is enough demand.

Also UL now flies 3 times a week to FRA.

I would think it would be mostly leisure/holiday traffic between CMB and Germany.

If the rumour is true, it might be 2/3 flights a week as opposed to daily?

Would LH perhaps combine the BLR flights with CMB? Anyone know what the loads on those are at the moment on the FRA-BLR? I think they use the A340 on the route?




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User currently offlineJohnnybgoode From Germany, joined Jan 2001, 2187 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5380 times:

loads to BLR are pretty good. i believe it´s also going daily as early as next summer schedule. LH´s keen on putting more frequencies and seats to Indian destinations which they now are cleared to do as they have teamed up with AI.
i highly doubt they wanted to connect any city with CMB (if they flew to CMB) since that would reduce capacity to this Indian destination.

rgds
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User currently offlineVimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1516 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5368 times:

Would LH perhaps combine the BLR flights with CMB? Anyone know what the loads on those are at the moment on the FRA-BLR? I think they use the A340 on the route?

LH will never combine the two sectors: 1. because they generate enough traffic from BLR itself without having to share it with any other station and 2. because LH does not enjoy any traffic rights between BLR and CMB.

LH as it is never operated to CMB even though DE did operate to CMB some years ago.

rgds//Vimanav



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User currently offlineZizou From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 1535 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5200 times:

Gabriel, if LH did come to Sri Lanka, that would be indeed great news. At the moment, only Lauda and Cyprus Airways are the only 2 European Carriers offering schedluled services to Sri Lanka (discounting the charter stuff). In the past Colombo used to get Swissair, KLM, UTA and British Airways.

I wouldn't be suprised to see LH maybe combine the Male and Colombo into the same route. Couldn't quite picture a B744 or a A343 being used on such a route, more likelt it would be for a A330.


User currently offlineBehramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4802 posts, RR: 44
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5143 times:

BRITISH AIRWAYS would make a lot of money out of CMB and MALE.

Just look at how well UL does on the CMB-LHR and CMB-MLE-LHR route which is 11-14 times a week.

BA could easily fly 4-5 weekly B 772s LHR-MLE-CMB-MLE-LHR or even DAILY.

I dont see SWISS nor KLM reentering CMB though MARTIN AIR is back flying to CMB for the winter.


User currently offlineGardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1522 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5090 times:

Zizou, dont forget to add Czech Airlines, and now Martin Air to the list of scheduled carriers from Europe. And im quite sure Air Europe have a weeky scheduled year-round service as well.

As for Martinair, KLM have said that if the MartinAir route does well, they plan to take over the service and build on it.
From what I understand, KLM did not pull out back in 96 because of yield - but because they were denied extra landing rights which they wanted, at the time they were the longest serving operator into CMB, and the Sri Lankan government denied them more rights. But now they are very much pro-open skies so are encouraging more capacity into CMB. So if all plans fo ahead, you may well see KLM back in CMB.

I highly doubt LH will fly to CMB - but if they do, I guess the A330/A340 combined with another destination - either via the Middle East - or non-stop, and then on to KUL will work.


User currently offlineAms From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5082 times:

I think that it would be a good idea, since LH transports mainly transfer
passengers via FRA. so in my opinion it would work out.




User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19236 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5034 times:

I remember flying LHR-MLE-CMB on UL. The plane was full to busting, evidenced by the numerous 'will you give up your seat?' ads placed on its checking-in counters.

The CMB-LHR leg, which was not flown via MLE, was noticeably less full, but probably over 1/2 full.

I believe I am right in saying that the cost of flying to MLE with UL is high, with its CMB flights being less expensive but nevertheless still quite expensive.



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