An Emirates Boeing 777 in flight.
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Emirates to operate double daily direct flights to Colombo

LONDON – UAE flag carrier Emirates has announced plans to add an additional daily direct flight between Dubai and Colombo, Sri Lanka starting from 1 December 2022. The airline says that the new scheduled service is to cater for the seasonal increase in the demand for travel.

The additional service, operating as EK648/EK649, will increase the number of daily flights between the two cities to three, including two direct flights and one operating via the Maldivian capital, Male.

Emirates’ second daily flight will operate direct between Dubai and Colombo, except during 16 to 30 December, when the service from Dubai to Colombo will stop over in Male.

From 1 to 15 December and from 31 December to 26 March, EK648 will depart Dubai at 16:10hrs daily and arrive in Colombo at 21:55hrs.

Flight EK648 will be routed via Male from 16th to 30th December, and will during that period, depart Dubai at 10.30hrs and arrive in Male at 14.45hrs. It will then depart from Male at 17.15hrs and arrive in Colombo at 19.15hrs.

Throughout the period from 1 December to 26 March, flight EK649 is scheduled to depart Colombo at 02:55hrs and arrive in Dubai at 05:55hrs. (All times are local.)

Aboard the Boeing 777-300ER


Emirates operates its modern Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration on flights to Colombo, offering private suites in First Class, lie flat seats in Business Class and spacious seats in Economy Class. 

Travellers to and from Sri Lanka benefit from Emirates’ award-winning service and industry-leading products in the air and on the ground across all classes, with regionally-inspired dishes and complimentary beverages.

The airline’s ice inflight entertainment system offers up to 5,000 channels of on-demand entertainment in over 40 languages, including movies, TV shows, and an extensive musical library along with games, audio books and podcasts.

Emirates launched operations to Sri Lanka in 1986 and celebrated 36 years of operations to Colombo earlier this year.

The airline signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau in 2022, reaffirming its commitment to Sri Lanka and outlining mutually beneficial initiatives that will help revive the country’s trade and tourism industry.

A taste of Thanksgiving


At the same time, Emirates will be giving US passengers a taste of home with special Thanksgiving menus across all classes, on flights from Dubai to USA, between the 24 and 26 of November.

Serving its cosmopolitan customer base, Emirates celebrates many multicultural occasions on-board from Eid to Christmas, Diwali to Lunar New Year.

For Thanksgiving, customers travelling to and from the US, can tuck into seasonal fare both onboard and in Emirates lounges in the US and Dubai, as well as catch key sporting games.

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Emirates Lounges Dubai


On 24 November, Emirates lounges in Dubai will be offering travellers roasted turkey breast with cranberry sauce, irresistible stuffing, glazed chestnuts, new potatoes with rosemary and paprika, roasted root vegetables with brussels sprouts followed by the Thanksgiving favourite – pumpkin tart.

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