Air China is scheduled to start direct service between Chengdu and the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo in February 2015.
Air China, one of the country's leading carriers, is scheduled to start direct service between Chengdu, the capital city of southwest China's Sichuan Province, and the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo in February 2015, the airline said Wednesday in a statement.
An Airbus A330 will fly the Chengdu-Colombo route each Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. A one-way journey between the two cities will take about five-and-a-half hours, Air China said.
Passenger flow between southwest China and Sri Lanka has grown quickly in recent years amid increasing trade and economic activity. China is now the third-largest trade partner of Sri Lanka, which opened a consulate in Chengdu in late 2009.
Meanwhile, more Chinese tourists are visiting the island country, known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean.
According to statistics from the Sri Lanka Tourism Board, the country received a total of 106,800 Chinese tourists in the first ten months of this year, up 139 percent year on year.