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Jan. 19 (LBO) – SriLankan Airlines has pushed back plans to launch its floatplane ferry service to the North, following increased violence in Jaffna and falling passenger numbers. Jan. 19 (LBO) – SriLankan Airlines has pushed back plans to launch its floatplane ferry service to the North, following increased violence in Jaffna and falling passenger numbers. National carrier SriLankan Airlines has a permit to operate its floatplanes to Jaffna and Vavuniya in the North, but no flights have taken off as yet.

“We were looking at an end December (2005) take-off date but we were watching the performance of the scheduled flights, which were coming down,” Chandana de Silva, Head of Corporate Communication at SriLankan told LBO on Thursday.

“We did not operate because demand was falling. We are not flying to Jaffna or Vavuniya at the moment.”

There has been an upsurge in violence since December, between Sri Lankan security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels. At least 136 people, including 79 security personnel, have been killed since last month.

However, de Silva added that the Air Taxi was an on demand service and not a scheduled flight, so passengers can still be taken if