Flapping Astray

Standing left to right – Mr. Dinesh Jebamani (Chief Manager Liability Product Management and New Age Media – Seylan Bank), Mr.Sudesh Peiris (Senior Manager – Digital Banking Channels – Seylan Bank), Ms. S.Senevirathne (Representative of the Revenue Department – Western Province), Mr. Tilan Wijeyesekera (Deputy General Manager – Retail Banking – Seylan Bank) and Mr. Malik Wickremanayaka (Deputy General Manager – Operations – Seylan Bank)

The industry says two more airlines will commence operations while the Civil Aviation Department says nobody has actively pursued a licence since the first licence was issued in June this year. rn

rnMeanwhile, Expo Aviation endash the only licensed domestic carrier operating three flights a week to the peninsula is awaiting approval to increase its frequency to two flights a day on the three day schedule.rn

rnA company spokesperson said demand and inquires was still very strong and hence was looking to increase their service to Jaffna.rn

rnLocal tourist and families returning to their lost homes after many years account for the bulk of passengers. rn

rnHowever, critics feel that demand would slump towards December, once the euphoria of travelling to the war locked North dies out and when the commercial road transportation improves.