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Domestic airlines will raise fares to Jaffna by Rs. 2000, as almost all international airlines flying out of Colombo also slap on further fuel surcharges on Thursday. Domestic airlines will raise fares to Jaffna by Rs. 2000, as almost all international airlines flying out of Colombo also slap on further fuel surcharges on Thursday.

Local airline regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority has allowed both domestic operators to raise fares by Rs. 2000 on a return ticket to Jaffna, effective September 10.

That will take prices from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 12,000 on a return ticket to the North on Aero Lanka and Expo Aviation, the second increase since the last fuel surcharge in April.

Domestic operators like Aero Lanka, formerly Serendib Air, fly ten times a week to the North, with mainly tsunami relief workers and tourists filling up seats.

But in times of low demand, the number of flights could drop to seven a week, Aero Lanka’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Shakthi Vikram, said.

But for the two domestic operators including Expo Aviation, it has been fuel prices and a battle to convince travelers that Sri Lanka’s Northern hotbed is still safe to travel to.