Flying Via SMS

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

The latest services would cost users Rs. 3.00 to receive flight schedules of the national carrier provided that the user knows either the flight number or the destination city.rn

rnIn addition, users also need to know the corresponding short code to activate the service. Dialog officials have countered that problem by offering the short codes via the SMS services, also for a fee. rn

rnOnce the codes are sorted out users will have to punch in the codes and send it to 8834 to receive the relevant flight schedule. rn

rnAdding to the frills, the users can also subscribe for ldblquote flight alerts
dblquote to beep them hours before their flight is due to land or takeoff. rn

rnCompany officials said there were no immediate plans to include flight schedules of other airways flying via Sri Lanka to the SMS services. However, officials added they would consider including other airlines if the respective airlines made a request.rn