SriLankan Airlines is to be inducted as a full member of oneworld with effect from Thursday 1 May – as the first carrier from the Indian subcontinent to become part of any global airline alliance.

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British Airways is launching three-times-weekly service from London Gatwick Airport to Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, via the Maldives, on March 31. BA is also doubling its service between London Heathrow Airport and Dublin Airport from four round-trips a day to eight, from October 28.

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Another 16 Taj Hotels have joined three existing Vivanta by Taj hotels to create a brand which is slotted in the 5-star upper upscale segment and has an inventory of nearly 2,500 rooms.

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is to resume flights to Colombo in Sri Lanka in January 2010.

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