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SriLankan Airlines is the flag carrier of Sri Lanka and is headquartered in Katunayake, Sri Lanka. The airline is a member of the Oneworld alliance. The airline was launched in 1979 and flies to many destinations in over 20 countries.

In 2015, SriLankan Airlines won the award for "Superior Achievement in Passenger Experience" from APEX Passenger Choice Awards and Future Travel Awards 2015: Best in the Region.

The airline has codeshare agreements with a number of airlines, including Air BerlinFinnairJapan AirlinesMalaysia AirlinesQantasS7 AirlinesAir CanadaAir IndiaAlitaliaAsiana AirlinesEtihad AirwaysOman Air and Saudia. SriLankan Airlines also had a codeshare agreement with Mihin Lanka, before it ceased operations in 2016.

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Baggage Policy

SriLankan Airlines has different baggage allowances depending on the class fare you purchased.

Carry-on Baggage

SriLankan Airlines carry-on baggage allowance is one piece of hand baggage for Economy Class passengers weighing no more than 7kg. Business and First Class passengers flying SriLankan Airlines are permitted two pieces of 7kg of hand baggage.

Free permitted carry-on items in addition to hand baggage include:

  • One laptop
  • One handbag or purse
  • One overcoat or blanket
  • One umbrella or walking stick
  • One small camera

Checked Baggage

Sri Lankan Airlines First and Business Class passengers are permitted one piece of checked baggage weighing no more than 40kg. SriLankan Airlines Economy class passengers are permitted one item weighing 30kg and infants 10kg. The maximum dimensions for checked baggage are 158 linear cm/ 62 in. For infants, bags must not be greater than 115cm/ 45in.

For routes to and from North, Central and South America, First and Business Class passengers are permitted two pieces of checked baggage weighing 32kg. Economy Class passengers are permitted two pieces weighing 23kg each. Infants are permitted one piece of checked baggage weighing 23kg.

Excess Baggage

Excess baggage fees with SriLankan Airlines depend on your route, departure time and fare type. You can add excess baggage to your trip when booking through Alternative Airlines.

Cabin Classes

SriLankan Airlines officially has 2 cabin classes — Economy and Business Class.

Economy Class


SriLankan Airlines Economy class is where intricacy meets simplicity; the perfect combination for an enjoyable flying experience. Adjustable seats, mouth-watering cuisine with a choice of up to three main courses (on long haul flights), light snacks, teas, coffee and complimentary bar service including a range of wines, spirits and soft drinks, and an inflight entertainment with over 100 movies to choose from for all ages - these are the little luxuries that make pleasant travel memories for everyone on-board.


Enjoy comfortable and spacious seating with a good amount of legroom. The team will be on-hand to help.

Business Class

There’s no better way to fly than SriLankan’s Business Class. It’s an experience of comfort and sophistication, sealed with traditional Sri Lankan hospitality and warmth.


You can indulge in delicious meals prepared with extra care to please your palate, with a wide array of healthy options. Stay entertained with the state of the art Thales AVANT in-flight entertainment system which has the latest blockbusters from Hollywood to Bollywood, and a collection of classics and favourites. Business Class features 15.4-inch screens, with over 50 TV channels, 120 movies. Onboard you are offered an amenity kit to give you that little extra comfort of Business Class.

Prior to boarding: Your Business Class starts at the airport, where you receive priority check-in at the silk route and complimentary access to the Serendib Lounge.


Experience the highest levels of privacy and comfort, relaxing in bed that recline to full 180 degrees. You can enjoy individual storage space providing room for all your personal belongings and you’ll find more knee room and living space.

In-flight Entertainment & WIFI

SriLankan Airlines offers a number of in-flight entertainment options for you to browse through your flight journey.


Stay connected while you fly with in-flight WiFi onboard SriLankan Airlines. WiFi is currently only available to purchase on the A330-300 and A320/321 fleet. The cabin crew will notify you if your flight is equipped with WiFi.


SriLankan Airlines offers an online check-in service so you can check in before your flight departure time.

Online Check-in

Sri Lankan Airlines passengers can save time by checking in online. Online check-in is available from 24 hours prior to your flights departure and closes two hours prior.

Frequent Flyer Programme

SriLankan Airlines' frequent flyer programme is called 'FlySmiles'.


SriLankan Airlines operates a frequent flyer program called FlySmiles to reward to regular passengers. SriLankan Airlines is a member airline of the world's leading airline alliance Oneworld. Oneworld is an alliance of the world's leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers. FlySmiles has 5 membership levels: Platinum, Gold, Classic, Silver and Blue. Members can also opt for the Baggage Bonus Programme offering exclusive additional luggage allowances.

Airline Alliance

SriLankan Airlines is part of the Oneworld Alliance which is a leading global airline network, with 15 member airlines. Some of SriLanka Airlines' partner airlines include Cathay PacificFinnair, LATAM AirlinesMalaysiaQantasQatarIberiaBritish AirwaysAmerican Airlines and many others. Oneworld alliance covers more than a thousand destinations in 155 countries.

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Destinations that SriLankan Airlines flies to

SriLankan Airlines flies to more than 100 destinations. This includes Melbourne, Dhaka, Frankfurt, Bangalore, Delhi, New York, Mumbai, Tokyo, Doha, Seoul, Colombo, Dubai, London and more.

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Hub Airport

Bandaranaike International Airport

SriLankan Airlines is based at Bandaranaike International Airport, which is the main international airport serving Sri Lanka. It is the hub airport for SriLankan Airlines. It has one runway and can handle nearly 8 million passengers every year. Other airlines which fly to and from this airport include Air ArabiaAir Asia X, Air Asia Sri LankaAir ChinaAir IndiaCathay PacificEmiratesKorean AirKuwait AirwaysMalaysia AirlinesOmanQatar Airways and Saudia.


Airbus A330 and A350s were bought and they continued to have an all Airbus fleet. With the new aircraft, SriLankan airlines expect to have a growth in passenger count by 2017, as they seek to add new routes to their service and remove the less demanded ones.


23rd May 2022

SriLankan Airlines Receives Resilience Award

SriLankan Airlines has recently received a Resilience Award at the 15th Changi Airline Awards in Singapore due to its efforts to maintain its uninterrupted flight schedules and routes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Frequently asked questions

Does SriLankan Airlines fly to the USA?

Yes, SriLankan Airlines flies direct to a range of cities in the USA including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, San Francisco, Dallas, Los Angeles and Washington.