Soaring demand for flights to Jaffna

[TamilNet, Saturday, 10 August 2002, 21:14 GMT]
More airlines are set to start flights to Jaffna while present operators intend to expand services to meet soaring demand for seats, the state-owned Daily News reported Saturday. Sri Lanka's only domestic airline in operation, Expo Aviation (Pvt) Ltd, servicing the Colombo-Jaffna route is doing brisk business with over 11,000 seats being sold within the last two months, the paper said.

But aviation sources said that more domestic airlines plan to enter the lucrative Colombo-Jaffna sector. Some of them have already advertised for recruitment of personnel.

"Business is good and with the peace initiative moving forward more and more people feel good about air travel," a senior official of Expo Aviation (Pvt) told the Daily News.

According to him, the airline which commenced flights in the third week of June this year, has sold 5,000 seats in June, 6,500 seats in July and 1,500 seats during the first week of August alone.

Before Expo took to the air, two other private airlines and the Air Force (Helitours) flew to Jaffna but the two private operators terminated flights due to security risks.

"At present we operate nine flights per week except on Sunday but plans are afoot to increase flights to two per day after August 13. We also hope to operate a flight on Sunday mornings," he said. The official said that if Weerawila and Koggala airports come online more flights could be scheduled to meet the growing demand.

 

Latest 15 Reports
18.07.18 19:21   Photo
Uprooted Mu'l'lik-ku'lam Tamils adopt Ira'nai-theevu approach, enter their lands seized by SL Navy
17.07.18 21:29   Photo
Colombo steps up shadow war against NPC Chief Minister Wigneswaran
16.07.18 22:48   Photo
SL Forest Department seizes agricultural lands of Eezham Tamils in Paduvaan-karai
15.07.18 19:14   Photo
Families of enforced disappeared vehemently oppose OMP sittings in North
14.07.18 19:35  
SL High Court in Vavuniyaa tricked again into postponing hearings on TPP case
13.07.18 23:20   Photo
NPC CM declines participation in Colombo's unilateral task force for so-called Development
12.07.18 12:22   Photo
Genocidal Sri Lanka seizes ancient coastal hamlet of Tamil-speaking aborigines in Trincomalee
11.07.18 18:20  
Collaborationist sections of TNA lose significance, Wigneswaran holds key to unified Tamil polity
10.07.18 21:53  
SL Military Intelligence recommences recruitment of notorious ex-paramilitary operatives
09.07.18 22:30   Photo
Antiquities Ordinance used to justify Sinhalicisation of 48 locations in Mullaiththeevu
08.07.18 19:06   Photo
TNPF protests against Colombo's move to militarise Jaffna Fort
07.07.18 19:56   Photo
SL Police in Champoor blocks remembrance of Tamils massacred by SL military
06.07.18 23:17  
Jaffna University silent to Colombo's pressure, motives behind Fort excavation questioned
05.07.18 23:49  
Tamils need native movements to confront Colombo-centric environmental exploitations
04.07.18 20:29  
Geneva-based human rights regime is big disappointment: Tamil political prisoners
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=7266