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Discover what it means to travel above the clouds in style on flights from Colombo to London with Qatar Airways. Long or short-haul, we provide you with every convenience, from ample seat space to a series of award-winning services for your delight. Dine on the finest in-flight cuisine, and relax in the lap of luxury as we speed you on your way to one of Europe’s greatest and most vibrant cities.
London continues to swing just as it did in the Sixties. An international hub for art and culture, it also has a very long and eventful history, as exemplified by monuments from the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. London’s theatre scene is amongst the most vibrant in the world, and there’s always something to do here day and night.
Bandaranaike International Airport is the largest airport in Sri Lanka and serves Colombo, the country’s capital. This modern, efficient airport is named after former Prime Minister SWRD Bandaranaike, and is one of the busiest air travel hubs in South Asia.
Passengers flying from Colombo with Qatar Airways will experience a fast, friendly and efficient service, with the emphasis placed firmly on the passenger experience. As is traditional in Sri Lankan culture, courtesy and respect are paramount, and the friendly staff go out of their way to make your departure a smooth and pleasant one.
Transportation and parking
Airport shuttles run from most hotels in the city centre to the main bus terminal 500m from the Terminal building itself, but it is advisable to check in advance on availability. If you have a large amount of luggage then it is probably wiser to take a taxi.
Air conditioned cabs are often more expensive than non-air conditioned vehicles, which can be an issue in the summer heat. There are two parking areas available for short and long-term stays.
The terminal car park has space for 400 vehicles on short-term stays, while the remote car park, about 300m from the terminal is for long-term parking.
Arriving in Colombo
Passengers flying from Colombo with Qatar Airways depart from Terminal 1. Currently, this terminal is used for all international flights until the opening of Terminal 2 in 2017. The terminal can get very busy, especially at peak travel times, so it is advisable to arrive at least two hours in advance.
Facilities and amenities
Facilities are good if a little limited, although business users are surprisingly well catered for. A business centre is located in the transit hall on the ground floor, providing international direct dialling, fax and photocopying services.
There are also four business and first-class lounges, although Wi-Fi access is limited. Vendors serving local and international cuisine are located in the Departures area and the transit lounge, and a selection of snack bars offer light refreshments and drinks.
Retail outlets provide a choice of good quality goods and accessories.
From Big Ben to the London Eye, Buckingham Palace to the Shard and Nelson’s Column, London is packed with attractions for visitors to discover. Book a flight to London with Qatar Airways and you’ll be able to wander around this eclectic city that welcomes millions of visitors from around the world every year.
Pageantry and pomp, festivals and events – London has it all. Even its transport is iconic, with London red buses and black cabs recognised all over the world. Fly to London with Qatar Airways and you’ll also discover world-class dining, exclusive shopping, luxury hotels and wellness centres, as well as surprises in every single one of its 32 boroughs.
Westminster probably has more iconic monuments and attractions packed into a small area than almost any other city in the world. Here you’ll find the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Downing Street (the home of British government), Whitehall, the Lions and Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, and a host of other things to see.
Head out of Westminster to the west and you’ll find some of London’s greatest museums such as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert and the National Gallery.
Newer attractions include the London Eye – a huge Ferris wheel that gives you a spectacular view over London. For a spot of pomp, head down to Buckingham Palace and watch the Changing of the Guard, or find an oasis of peace and quiet in one of the many parks dotted throughout the capital.
Flights to London with Qatar Airways land at London Heathrow, the world’s busiest air transport hub. Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure.
Before you fly to London please check the visa and passport requirements.
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