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SriLankan Airlines to introduce ayurvedic therapists on-board

For the first time in the global aviation history, SriLankan Airlines will introduce Ayurvedic therapists on airline flights.

SriLankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha Wickramasinghe said that they have already entered into a contract with Siddhalepa Spa which already has a centre at the Colombo Airport. He said that this service would be made available for long haul destinations and would be offered to Business Class.‘’What we are planning is to have a therapist in flights to perform foot massage on air,’’ he said.

The Chairman said that airlines need to innovate and introduce luxury travel to meet modern day demands and also as a marketing tool to boost the airline. He said that this service is expected to commence from the end of the year in all European and London bound flights.He said that Germany is a key market to them and they have been increasing the frequency of flights ‘We have increased the frequency from three times a week to four and by the end of the year we are contemplating a daily run ,’’ he said .

Commenting on the developments at Mattala the Chairman said that they will construct a modern kitchen since they would be in charge of catering. He also hinted of a Mattala Frankfurt flight in the future so that tourists could enjoy wildlife in Yala and Eastern beaches before flying out to Colombo. He also said that they would move part of the Engineering division to Mattala and also get involved in ground handling operations. ‘ we have big plans for Mattala,’ he said.

Commenting on Mihin Air he said it was created to provide economy fares to less privileged traveller and their ultimate aim is to fly Mihin to destinations that are not being serviced by SriLankan. Hettigoda Industries Director Asoka Hettigoda said that foot massage would bring tremendous comfort to guests and they are hoping to use special therapy on board. Meanwhile the TIB would conclude on March11 with the last two days open to public.


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