Around 1,000 Russian tourists have booked air tickets through Srilankan Airlines and are expected to arrive in Sri Lanka this month, the Tourism Ministry said.
The ministry said Russian tourists are currently booking all Srilankan flights from Moscow to Colombo schedule in October.
Srilankan Airlines launched direct flights between Russia and Sri Lanka on July 31 this year.
Accordingly, Srilankan Airlines currently operates a direct flight from Moscow, Russia to Colombo each week. The ministry said Srilankan Airlines’ UL 534 is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka from Moscow on October 9, October 16, October 23 and October 30 with Russian tourists.
Earlier Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga has instructed Srilankan Airlines to introduce a relief package for Russian tourists. Accordingly, Srilankan Airlines has introduced the ‘Buy One Get One’ system.