Apr 04, 2012 (LBO) - State-run SriLankan Airlines said it will cancel flights to Zurich and Rome in May and June which are off-peak months but will resume them from late June, to contain costs.Flights to Zurich which will be cancelled from June May 01 will resume from June 27 to August 21. Rome flights will be cancelled from May 05 but will resume from June 27 to September 09. "SriLankan will continue to review its operations to Switzerland and Italy and directed by forecasts, travel trends and developments in the Eurozone, to identify commercial viability,
so that flights can be recommenced in these markets, at an opportune time," the airline said in a statement.
"Changes are being gradually introduced in view of the commitments already made to passengers during the peak period and to facilitate the airline’s trade partners to adjust to the changes."
SriLankan said the World Travel and Tourism Council expects a 0.3 percent decline in travel and tourism across the European Union with austerity measures expected to reduce consumer spending.
However by emerging eastern bloc countries and Russia are expected to do better.
The airline said it will continue to serve London, Paris and Frankfurt which serve a large clientele that fly direct and beyond to several destinations in Europe and the Americas.
SriLankan is focusing more on Asian routes amid heavy competition and weak conditions in Europe. The airline is expected to lose around 160 million US dollars this year.