Domestic charter flight giants Lion Air and Expo Aviation are within days to seal the hatch on a deal, to cross market their services.
The airlines will fly on a shared schedule and will cross sell seats through their agents in Colombo and Jaffna. rn
rnBoth firms feel the deal will help grow the industry and make the two ventures more financially viable. rn
rnldblquote We feel it will help stabilise operations specially during lean periods, when cabin factors fall to around 25 percent,
dblquote says Hiran de Silva, Director of the Ceylinco Group.rn
rnWhen the government re-opened the domestic aviation sector, Lion Air and Expo Aviation were among the first to offer flights from Colombo to Jaffna. The Serendib Group joined in thereafter, and a price war for airfares ensued.rn
rnThings have since stabilised. The price of ticket to Jaffna, which started at around Rs. 4,500 has now gradually gone up to Rs. 7,500.rn
rnldblquote Sri Lankan market cant fetch premium prices. So it is unrealistic to