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Rotana’s first international destination outside GCC

UAE Rotana Jet

Rotana Jet to begin its first international destination outside GCC with flights to Colombo and Mattala beginning 9th April 2014. Photo-supplied

-Srilankan expats and tourists targeted
-Rotana to begin with three flights per week and increase it to six flights
-Rotana also hopes to cater to South Indians via partnership with Sri Lankan airlines

Beginning 9th April 2014, Rotana Jet will fly to Colombo and Mattala in Sri Lanka as its new destination. The airline will operate three flights per week from Al Bateen Airport in Abu Dhabi to Sri Lanka’s commercial capital and to the second international gateway, using an Airbus A319 aircraft in Business and Economy Class. Rotana Jet will increase the frequencies to six flights soon.

The airline currently operates flights to Bahrain, Muscat and Salalah in addition to the flights to Sir Bani Yas Island, Fujairah, Delma and Dubai.

At present, the three UAE based major airlines, Emirates, Etihad and Air Arabia operates daily flights to Colombo.

Rajendran Vellapalath, Rotana Jet’s Commercial and Planning Director. said: “Rotana Jet is glad to announce Colombo and Mattala as its first international destination’s outside the GCC. The Sri Lankan expatriate community and the increasing number of tourists visiting Sri Lanka will have greater access with the newly introduced flights from Rotana Jet.

Rotana is gearing up for an year of expansion with new routes steadily opening up. An estimated 250,000 Srilankans live in the UAE.

Rotana Jet has entered an interline relationship with Sri Lankan airlines. Rotana Jet passengers will have immediate connections to and from South Indian destinations like Chennai, Trichy, Trivandrum, Cochin etc via Colombo.

Flights will operate between Al Bateen Airport in Abu Dhabi and Colombo and Mattala on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The Abu Dhabi to Colombo and Mattala flights will depart Abu Dhabi Al Bateen Airport on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 05:00 hrs while the Thursday flight will depart at 23:45 hrs. The return flights will arrive at Al Bateen Airport in Abu Dhabi on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 18:00 hrs and on Fridays at 11:45 hrs.

Rotana Jet also offering attractive holiday packages targeting tourists to Sri Lanka.

Rotana Jets scheduled flights to Colombo, Mattala and other destinations can be booked either through the website www.rotanajet.com, through the call centre on +971 (2) 444 0002 or through travel agents.

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