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Air France launches direct flights between Colombo and Paris, Charles de Gaulle from 5 November 2021.

November 05, 2021

Air France expands its long–haul network with the launch of three weekly direct flights between Paris and Colombo.

Customers will be able to travel to Paris and connect to the Air France global network with close to 200 destinations via the convenient hub of Paris, Charles de Gaulle.

Flight schedule:








(Local time at origin)


(Local time at destination)




    Tue, Fri, Sun

1240 hrs

1920 hrs



CMB (via MLE)

  Mon, Thu, Sat

1655 hrs

1110 hrs


Colombo will be served as a seasonal operation in the winter schedule 2021 – 22 and a continuation of the Air France flight from Male.

Customers will experience the best of Air France cabins onboard the Boeing 787-9 operating on this route.

  • Seating capacity of 279 seats (30 in Business, 21 in Premium Economy, and 228 in Economy class).
  • Full – flat beds in Business Class.
  • A dedicated Premium Economy cabin with more comfort and space.
  • Comfortable economy cabin with ample legroom and practical accessories such as USB port Wi-Fi across all cabins.


The first flight departure from Colombo – Paris is on November 5, 2021. Symbolic to new beginnings, Air France marked this occasion with the lighting of a traditional lamp and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the airport.

Jean-Noel Rault; General Manager Air France – KLM, Indian Sub-continent stated: “We are thrilled  to start operations between Colombo and Paris and  offer the best of Air France services and care to our customers while applying strict health and hygiene protocols. The connection of Air France and Colombo dates back to the 1950’s with the route Paris-Rome-Cairo-Bahrain-KarachiColombo-Bangkok-Saigon, operated by our sister company UTA.  27 years later, we are excited to return to Colombo and display our ambition to include Sri Lanka in our extensive global network”

H.E. Eric Lavertu, Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives says “A wonderful reopening of the connection between Paris and Colombo by a French Airline after many years. No doubt that the city of lights and the pearl of the Indian ocean are two cities which need direct and frequent relations. Thank you very much to Air France to give them that opportunity.”

“As the State Minister of Aviation, it is my pleasure to witness Air France commencing its operations to Sri Lanka and I wish all the best for their future endeavors. All of us who represent the aviation industry know the severe challenges we faced with the COVID-19 global pandemic. Nevertheless, it is pleasure that we observe a recovering trend in the past few months following the successful national vaccination programmes, resulting in the relaxation of travel restrictions. There's plenty to be positive about these days, as the Bandaranaike International Airport becomes busier and many airlines make their plans for a return to a degree of normalcy and stability in the coming months” said Hon. D. V. Chanaka, State Minister of Aviation and Export Zones Development.

Air France's health commitment was recently recognized by the international rating agency Skytrax, which awarded the airline its COVID Excellence Award at the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2021. Air France flight operations are strictly in compliance with the travel regulations and health, hygiene and quarantine protocols applicable at origin, transit and destination. Before planning travel, Air France recommends its customers to check the applicable travel restrictions and protocols. For a general overview of conditions visit .  

Days of operation might be subject to change. The latest schedules and fares are available on .