Sri Lankan Air Taxi expands operations
SriLankan Air Taxi, the domestic air service of SriLankan Airlines
will expand its operations by flying to new destinations such as
Dickwella, Sigiriya, Jaffna, Hatton and Kandy city limits focusing the
promotion of eco-tourism potentials for the tourist industry in Sri
Air Taxi Manager Herman Pereira told the Daily News most of
passengers on air taxi are tourists mainly from European countries.
"Therefore we have concentrated to commence Air Taxi operations
targeting these European passengers in morning hours from the
Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) to Jaffna because most of the
European flights arrive at the BIA in the morning.
This is a good opportunity for European passengers to enjoy the ride
with a bird's eye view of the breathtaking scenery the Jaffna," Pereira
Air Taxi commenced its operations here in 2002 and it has recorded
the significant growth for the past few years by carrying over 6000
passengers per year. The project is targeted at high spenders rather
than those who visit on package holidays. This would be a good
opportunity to increase tourist income. All destinations are popular
among tourists and occupants of the industry gain more benefits to
promote themselves," he said.
"Most of our local destinations can be reached a short time, which
otherwise would take hours by land. SriLankan Air Taxi already has two
seaplanes and destinations are BIA, Ratmalana, Katukurunda, Bentota,
Koggala, Weerawila, Ampara, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Hingurakgoda and
Trincomalee. It hopes to expand the fleet by accruing more seaplanes in
order to cater towards tourist demand in the near future," he said.
It also provides special flight packages to the hill country,
cultural triangle, and the southern coast, which are most popular sites
among air taxi passengers. In addition, SriLankan Air Taxi also provides
corporate and VIP charters overhead surveys of industrial sites and
The Air Taxi offers a smoother and faster ride than other forms of
transport. It has 14 seats and can fly between 2000 to 10,000 altitude.