SriLankan Airlines gets second floatplane

Apr 28, 2011 (LBO) – SriLankan Air Taxi, the domestic arm of SriLankan Airlines, has acquired its second floatplane as island-wide operations expand and it plans to start daily flights to another town. The twin-engined aircraft De Havilland Twin Otter aircraft was flown in to Bandaranaike International Airport, north of Colombo, from Canada on April 01, the airline said in a statement.

“The second Twin Otter will give us more flexibility to serve the needs of our diverse customers and will also allow us to operate daily flights to more towns and cities, said Mohamed Fazeel, SriLankan’s Head of Worldwide Sales.

Daily flights to Kandy, the hill country capital, will be introduced from May 2011, with daily flights to Nuwara Eliya, also in the hills, operating with full loads now, the airline also said.

The floatplane has a capacity to carry over 15 passengers, making any area of the country accessible within an hour.

SriLankan Air Taxi is providing an alternative to surface transport, which means that travellers can avoid the hassle of long road journeys and getting caught in traffic,” said Pradeep Durairaj, SriLankan’s Manager Marketing.

“We reduce a six-hour journey