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Over 200 Uzbekistan travelers visit the island marking the tourism revival

Uzbekistan Airways, the flag carrier airline of Uzbekistan, has commenced operations at Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport announcing a weekly flight between Uzbekistan and Mattala every Wednesday starting from January 2022.

Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Limited has made this arrangement when its officials met with the airline at the Air Service World Congress 2021 Forum, held in Dubai last December, and had extensive discussions with Uzbekistan Airways, and as a result, the airline started its operations at Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport.

The team of AASL represented the Air Service World Congress 2021 Forum and was able to attract the airline based on the Government concessions provided to airlines.

This initiative will increase the tourist arrival numbers in the country and establish a new source market for the tourism industry of Sri Lanka.

Even with the COVID-19 pandemic situation during the last two years, Mattala Airport has seen an increase in the number of passenger movements with several foreign airlines operating their flights to MRIA.

MRIA has seen significant growth in the arrival of international tourists in the past two years. At present, SkyUp Airlines and Gullivair Air are operating and have planned to continue scheduled charter flights.

So far during January 2022, these Airlines have carried more than 2900 tourist arrivals into the country.

In the meantime Aitken Spence Travels the premiere destination management company in Sri Lanka, welcomed the first charter flight for the year from Uzbekistan on Friday 27th January 2023 to the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) with more than 200 holiday makers.

Uzbekistan Airways will operate weekly flights commencing from the 27th of January and will continue till end of March 2023.

Aitken Spence Travels was instrumental in bringing the first charter last year as well from this source market that was a new market for Sri Lanka. The Uzbekistan charter operation is partnered with the leading tour operator in Uzbekistan.

Visitors arriving to Sri Lanka will be patronizing and staying in 4- and 5-star hotel accommodation options starting from Kalutara going up to deep down south.

The company will be offering excursions covering the southern coastal belt to other inland locations as Uzbekistan is a landlocked country and these tourists eagerly look forward to visiting tropical beaches.

However, utilizing the opportunity to showcase the rich culture and nature to these high-value visitors, the excursions cover a wide-spectrum from traveling to misty mountains, cultural and heritage sites, and shopping spots that not only entertains the tourists but also fuels the local economy.

Aitken Spence Travels takes the lead in showcasing Sri Lanka to this new source market that had their first experience of Sri Lanka last year.

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