Sri Lanka Senok group to start chopper service

CEAT Kelani Holdings Managing Director Ravi Dadlani (right) and Lanka Ashok Leyland CEO Umesh Gautham exchange the OEM agreement

Jan 13, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Senok group of companies has been given the nod to start a domestic helicopter service, a top official said as the country recovers from the end of a long drawn out war and tourism is taking off. Director general of Sri Lanka’s civil aviation authority H M C Nimalsiri said the Senok is expected to start services with two helicopters.

At the moment Deccan Aviation, Cosmos and Sri Lanka’s air force run domestic air services in the country.

Expo Aviation which used to operate fixed wing aircraft to the northern Jaffna peninsular had halted operations.

The opening of a land route as well as competition from the military has reduced demand for air travel to the north.

However tourism traffic and investors who are scouting opportunities are adding to the demand for chopper services.

SriLankan, the island’s state-run national carrier operates a floatplane service.

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