July 20, 2011 (LBO) – SriLankan Airlines plans to extend its floatplane services to the island’s east coast where new resorts are being developed as a tourism boom continues after the end of a war. The national airline’s subsidiary, SriLankan Air Taxi, will also spread its wings to destinations in the north, which like the east, is recovering from the effects of war, officials said.
New domestic air services to Arugam Bay, a surfing spot on the east coast, as well as Pasikudha and Trincomalee also in the east, and northern Jaffna are on the cards.
“We have the ability to take you to most of the destinations in the country in less than an hour,” Sanjeeva Jayatileke, product development manager at SriLankan Airlines said.
The Air Taxi floatplane service operates from a waterway in Ja-Ela, only 10 miles from the international airport at Katunayake, north of Colombo.
“Ja-Ela is being developed and once we make the facility it will be a very quick transfer from international to domestic,” Pulasthi Jayasinghe, technical projects manager at SriLankan Airlines told journalist at a media briefing held recently at a tourist resort in Bentota, south of Colombo.
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