IndiGo Boosts Sri Lanka Options With New Mumbai-Colombo Service

By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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An IndiGo aircraft parked at Bengaluru Airport.
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IndiGo, India’s major low-cost airline, has announced new direct flights between Mumbai and Colombo starting April 12, 2024.

Operating three times a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays), this new route bridges the gap between India’s financial capital, Mumbai, and Sri Lanka’s vibrant capital, Colombo.

Sri Lanka Connectivity

This exciting addition makes Mumbai the fourth Indian city with direct flights to Colombo, joining Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Chennai.

With 37 weekly flights to Colombo from four Indian cities now available, IndiGo offers travelers even more options for exploring Sri Lanka.

“We’re thrilled to launch these new direct flights,” says Vinay Malhotra, Head of Global Sales at IndiGo.

“This connection will act as a catalyst, boosting travel, trade, and tourism between India and Sri Lanka.”

IndiGo remains dedicated to providing superior connectivity, affordable fares, and a seamless travel experience across its ever-growing network.

Exterior view of Navi Mumbai International Airport
Image Credit: Navi Mumbai International Airport

Colombo: A Cultural Gem Awaits

The rich tapestry of India and Sri Lanka’s relationship stretches back over 2,500 years, encompassing intellectual, cultural, religious, and trade ties.

Colombo, a bustling hub for business and leisure travelers alike, boasts excellent connections to the international airport and easy access to other parts of the island nation.

Colombo itself is a fascinating blend of old and new. Modern skyscrapers rise alongside colonial-era architecture, creating a unique cityscape.

History and culture buffs will find a wealth of landmarks to explore, including the Gangaramaya Temple and the National Museum.

Foodies will delight in Colombo’s diverse culinary scene, offering everything from mouthwatering curries to the freshest seafood.

The new direct flights between Mumbai and Colombo are more than just a convenient travel option; they represent a significant step forward in strengthening the relationship between India and Sri Lanka.

Boosting Tourism

Easier air travel fosters tourism, a vital sector for both countries’ economies. Indian tourists form a major visitor base for Sri Lanka, drawn to its beautiful beaches, rich cultural heritage, and stunning scenery.

This increased connectivity will allow more Indians to discover Sri Lanka’s wonders, while also encouraging Sri Lankans to explore the vibrant culture and diverse landscapes of India.

Sri Lanka’s tourism industry has grown significantly since the latter half of the 20th century. This has generally driven demand for air travel from neighboring India, especially as package tours became more popular.

IndiGo and Regional Dominance

IndiGo currently holds the dominant position in the Indian domestic airline market, capturing a significant share of passenger traffic. Their focus on affordability, efficiency, and a growing network has been key to their success.

They hold the distinction of being the single largest customer for Airbus A320 family aircraft, with hundreds on order and many already delivered. This allows them to offer frequent flights and cater to a growing demand.

The low-cost airline now boasts a vast domestic network within India, connecting dozens of cities. It has also expanded regionally, extending into neighboring countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Nepal.

IndiGo’s growth story is a testament to the burgeoning Indian aviation market. Their focus on affordability and building a strong regional network has positioned them firmly.

The new Colombo route is another example of their drive towards regional connectivity.

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By Len Varley Assistant Editor
Now the Assistant Editor with AviationSource, I have almost 40 years' experience in aviation, starting in Australian flight crew and training. I worked as CFI/Chief Pilot with 2 organisations and was also a CASA approved testing officer and aeronautics lecturer. This led to components procurement for civil operators and the RAAF, and then maintenance programming with a global airborne geo-survey operator.