The Colombo-Melbourne daily direct flight operated by SriLankan Airlines has broken even and is making profits now, the airline said in a statement yesterday.

Germany has retained its position as the world's most powerful passport for 2018, while Australia leads the way as one of the world's most expensive.

The rankings are based on how many countries a passport holder can visit without requiring a visa.

The Australian passport remains unchanged from last year's rankings as the seventh most powerful in the world, tied with New Zealand and Greece, though the number of countries Australians can visit visa-free increased by one.

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