Passengers travelling between Dubai International (DXB) and the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo now have more choice and flexibility after FitsAir increased the frequency of their service from four times a week to daily.
The daily service, operated on an Airbus 320 aircraft, started on March 26 and comes just in time for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year in April, which witnesses an increase in demand on the route.
Sri Lanka is part of DXB’s key regional market of South Asia with annual traffic between Dubai and the island nation exceeding 900,000 in 2022.
Since commencing operations in 1997, FitsAir has been a trusted leader in Sri Lankan aviation.
FitsAir began operations in 1997 with a leased cargo aircraft flying from Sri Lanka to the Maldives Islands.
In the same year, the company purchased its own 15 tonne cargo aircraft and added another aircraft of similar capacity in the year 2000. This brought our fleet to 3 aircraft within a year. Soon afterwards, FitsAir expanded its cargo operations to neighboring India and across the Indian Ocean to Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.
In 2002, FitsAir was granted approval by the Civil Aviation Authority to conduct its own ground handling. We were the first private airline to do so. In June 2002, FitsAir expanded its operations from cargo to daily scheduled domestic passenger flights. For this purpose, we leased a 96 seater twin aisled aircraft, flying from the Colombo Airport, Ratmalana to the Palaly Airport, Jaffna.
After experiencing tremendous success in our domestic passenger operations, FitsAir invested in three 50 seater aircraft in 2003 and increased the daily frequency of flights to six. FitsAir also manages a portfolio of ancillary business lines across South Asia and the Middle East. These include cargo network management, ground handling and engineering services.