Sri Lanka launches hot air ballooning

Oct 18, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka Saturday launched hot air ballooning over Colombo with daily flights scheduled from November as part of plans to boost leisure activities in the city and attract both local and foreign tourists. Adventure Asia, says it has been operating commercial balloon flights in the central areas of Dambulla, Sigiriya and Habarana since 2003.

With the decade’s long conflict with the Tamil Tigers ending in May 2009, the skies above Colombo have opened up for civil aviation and tourism promoters are looking for ways to increase leisure activities in the City.

Organizers say hot air ballooning could be one way of making tourists spend more time in Colombo.

We are looking at daily flights for tourists who are breaking journey in Colombo and for others that stopover in Colombo for some shopping after their holiday, Vijitha Welikala, Chairman of Adventure Asia said.

“One of the biggest problems for tourists is that there aren’t enough excursions in Colombo. A traveler coming to Colombo for a second time gets bored.”

Now we are giving a different dimension to Colombo where they can see Colombo from a birds eye view, Welikala said.

Several take off points near Colomb