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Sri Lanka to start seaplane flights to Arugam Bay
09 Aug, 2011 14:51:32
Aug 09, 2011 (LBO) - State-run SriLankan Airlines said it would start floatplane flights to the Arugam Bay, an internationally popular surfing hotspot in Sri Lanka's eastern coast while bad weather has curtailed flights to the island's central hills.
SriLankan said it was temporarily halting regular flights to Nuwara Eliya, a hill country city due to bad weather and fog.

However it would continue to operate charters to the hill city when weather was good.

SriLankan Airlines' air taxi service operates scheduled flights to Polgolla in Kandy, Bentota, Koggala and Dikwella down south, from its base in Peliyagoda Colombo.

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4. Rohan Samarajiva Aug 15
I talked about the reservoirs the planes will land in, not the planes themselves.

If a seaplane crashes only those in it will be affected. If a reservoir is breached, many more will have their lives and livelihoods endangered by an action they did not take.

3. CLERK Aug 15
LOL Seriously, what did u expect? Sri Lanka as far as disclosures go, has no brand new aircraft (that includes Srilankan, Mihin, Airforce and the private operators). The issue is the uesability of the plane, not whether it is new or used or reconditioned. For example, the Bell 212 helicopters of the Air Force are discards after the Vietnam war! (but they still fly with occassional hicup). The Migs we have are from the fragmented USSR. (no need to mention the Antanoves, that are rusting down the Negombo laggon) Even the Airbuses of the national carriers are used and leased out. So people must remember Caveat Emptor (Buyer Beware) concept. Would u rather be 10 minutes late or "dead" on time!
2. uli Aug 14
That is correct. The plane I used recently was a write off from another country. I took it to Ampara and later on I realized it was a condemned aircraft. This service should not start. It is dangerous.
1. Rohan Samarajiva Aug 10
Have proper safety assessments been made of seaplane landings on artificial reservoirs (wevas)? Have the local stakeholders been brought into the conversation?

Already many reservoirs under the Department of Irrigation in the South & East – Kondawatuwana in Ampara, Bandagiriya in Hambantota, Yudaganawa in Buttala etc. - are being used by seaplane operators despite concerns being expressed by the Irrigation Department and local farmers.

I agree the tourist industry needs alternatives to the shambolic highway system (please see: http://lbo.lk/fullstory.php?nid=1779087565), but is it not better to conduct proper safety assessments before the reservoirs are used? It will be too late once we have a breach.