American Airlines And SriLankan Airlines Reinstate Codeshares

SriLankan Airlines has announced the reestablishment of its codeshare with American Airlines. The agreement between the two oneworld airlines will allow for more ways to travel between Sri Lanka and the United States. While there will be no nonstop flights between the US and Sri Lanka, the codeshare opens expanded one-stop itineraries between the two countries and is a sign of the return of international air travel.

SriLankan and American Airlines have resumed their codeshare agreement. Photo: Getty Images

SriLankan and American resume codeshares

SriLankan Airlines has announced that its codeshare agreement with American Airlines is back. The partnership will cover eight routes between Europe and the US. The airline’s “UL” code will be found on the following American Airlines routes:

  • Miami (MIA) to London (LHR)
  • Miami (MIA) to Paris (CDG)
  • New York (JFK) to London (LHR)
  • New York (JFK) to Paris (CDG)
  • Dallas (DFW) to Paris (CDG)
  • Dallas (DFW) to Frankfurt (FRA)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) to London (LHR)
  • Chicago (ORD) to London (LHR)

These eight routes are all flown by American Airlines. Customers will be able to fly SriLankan from Colombo (CMB) to one of these European hubs before connecting to the United States. Neither SriLankan Airlines nor American flies nonstop between the US and Sri Lanka.

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SriLankan’s passengers will connect in Frankfurt, London, or Paris onto American’s flights. Photo: Getty Images

Richard Nuttall, Acting CEO of SriLankan Airlines, stated the following on the new codeshare agreement:

“We are pleased to reinstate our codeshare partnership with American Airlines as SriLankan Airlines continues to expand its operations in Europe. This will introduce multiple new sectors and flight options to our growing network and allow our customers the option of convenient connections to several cities in North America via London, Paris or Frankfurt.” 

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More ways to get between the US and Sri Lanka

SriLankan’s codeshare with American Airlines expands the number of ways to get between the United States and Sri Lanka. The airline has existing codeshare agreements with Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways, which also include routes to the US via a stop in Doha or Abu Dhabi, respectively.

The American Airlines codeshare brings Dallas to SriLankan’s network. Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago were accessible through the Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways codeshare partnership.

American Airlines And SriLankan Airlines Reinstate Codeshares
SriLankan and American are both members of the oneworld alliance. Photo: Airbus

American and SriLankan are both members of the oneworld alliance. SriLankan offers flights to over 120 cities in 55 countries. This includes both the airline’s network and the codeshare partnerships it has set up with other carriers.

About SriLankan Airlines

SriLankan Airlines is the national carrier of Sri Lanka. It operates its largest hub out of Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). The airline operates flights to a variety of destinations around the world. This includes an expansive network to India and to East Asia, with a focus on flying passengers to and from Sri Lanka.

American Airlines And SriLankan Airlines Reinstate Codeshares
SriLankan Airlines is an all-Airbus carrier. Photo: Airbus

According to data from, the airline has a fleet of 24 Airbus aircraft. This includes the Airbus A320ceo and A320neo family and the A330ceo family. The A330s are the carrier’s primary long-haul aircraft.

SriLankan is working on rebuilding and expanding its international network. These codeshares will help the airline fill some more seats on its flights to London, Paris, and Frankfurt and could help bolster the addition of new destinations or expanded flights between Sri Lanka and other countries.