New Bird

Jan 31, 2007 (LBO) – A new airline has been approved to start domestic operations, using 19-seater aircraft, officials said. Daya Aviation is a division of the Daya group, which has interest apparel, sugar manufacture, shipping and engineering.

It’s 6-seater twin-engined Beechcraft Baron, and a single-engined Piper Cherokee for private use.

“We are hoping to bring in two 19-seater aircraft to expand,” Kingsley Bernard, Daya group’s head of corporate planning and business told LBO.

The aviation activities started in 2004 with officials using aircraft to visit factories in Ampara and the Sevenagala Sugar factory.

Business persons from abroad had to drive for ten hours to reach Ampara,” says Captain Muarz Izadeen of Daya Groups aviation division.

“So we thought to start corporate flights just to transport our directors and managers to the factories.

But other companies and organizations soon started to charter their aircraft. Relief organizations also use the aircraft.

The two aircraft flies to nine destinations in Sri Lanka including Jaffna, Trincomalee, Ampara and Weerawila.