SriLankan Airlines takes flight to the hills

Chief Regulatory Officer at CSE Renuke Wijayawardhane presenting the listing certificate to Executive Chairperson at Renuka Hotels Shibani Thambiayah

Jan 25 (LBO) – SriLankan Airlines expands its floatplane service to Kandy, after recently shelving plans to go to the North of the island due to outbreaks of violence and falling passenger numbers. Jan 25 (LBO) – SriLankan Airlines expands its floatplane service to Kandy, after recently shelving plans to go to the North of the island due to outbreaks of violence and falling passenger numbers.

The Airline will operate its amphibious aircraft from a site on the Mahaweli River in Kandy, the airline said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Passengers now have the added convenience of being dropped off almost in the town itself. The landing site is very popular with tourists and businessmen since it is very close to the Mahaweli Reach Hotel and the Citadel,” said Herman Pereira, Manager Air Taxi at SriLankan.

The new route will bypass traffic on the main Colombo-Kandy road, a journey that takes almost three hours, to just over half and hour by floatplane.

SriLankan’s Air Taxi Turbo Otter Aircraft already operates to and from the Victoria Reservoir at Digane, just outside Kandy.

“We will continue to operate to Victoria for the convenience of passengers such as golfers and holidaymakers wh