SriLankan Airlines has commenced direct non-stop flights between Melbourne and Colombo.
The inaugural flight between the two means that there are now 30 international airlines flying in and out of Melbourne Airport.
The airline is operating an Airbus A330-200 daily on the route, featuring 18 business class and 251 economy class seats.
The 10-hour flight also features a dedicated "childcare stewardess" to assist travelling families. In the past eight years, hundreds of thousands of Australians have visited Sri Lanka, since the end of the civil war.
Victoria is home to the nation’s largest Sri Lankan community, with almost 44,000 people of Sri Lankan heritage living in the state.
Nearly 70 per cent of all Sri Lankan international students in Australia are enrolled in Victoria. Victoria also has more visitors from Sri Lanka than any other state, with 18,000 Sri Lankans visiting Victoria last year – 60 per cent of all Sri Lankan tourists to Australia.
Traveller's writers named Sri Lanka at No. 4 on the "Destinations of the Decade" list. The airline also connects with the Maldives and 14 cities in India.
Victoria’s aviation industry is worth more than A$1 billion to the state’s economy, which is why we’re working hard to attract new services, boost tourism and create jobs.