SriLankan Air Taxi adds destinations
SriLankan Airlines Air Taxi service which resumed operations last
December is gearing to meet growth in the tourism industry by providing
value-added services to locals and foreign tourists.
The recommenced SriLankan Air Taxi
service is expected to boost the tourism industry. An
aircraft of its air taxi service in the Bentota lagoon.
Picture by Sulochana Gamage
With plans to localize the service at present operated by a Canadian
crew, the taxi service is planning to expand its destinations to include
more attractive places.
The air taxi service was in operation from 2004 to 2007 and was
suspended due to security reasons. In keeping with the government’s
request to recommence the service it was re-launched last December,
SriLankan Airlines Flight Operations, Administration and Technical
Projects Manager Pulasthi Jayasingha said.
“The commercial flights are operated to Bentota, Koggala, Nuwara
Eliya, Kandy and Dikwella. We are looking at destinations in the North
and East to include Pasikudah and Arugam Bay for potential landing
points,” he said.
“We are planning to include Jaffna, Trincomalee and Arugam Bay within
one month and have already commence flights to Dambulla from last week.
SriLankan is having the advantage of connectivity and will provide its
passengers the benefit of direct connectivity from their respective
destinations,” SriLankan Products Development Manager Sanjeeva
The expansion of destinations will enable passengers to have
connectivity and this service will be promoted in the Middle-East, Far
East, Europe and China he said emphasizing that awareness and public
appeal is vital to turnaround the service.
The Air taxi service has two aircraft from Kenn Borek Air Limited
Canada operated on a wet lease and the lease is due to end December
“With the lease expiry, we are planning to localize operations and
also looking at adding more aircraft to the fleet with the expected
influx of tourists,” Jayatileke said.