TheSorcerer From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 1048 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6228 times:
Recently read an article about Sri Lanka, it got me thinking about air travel down there.
How much domestic commercial air traffic is there and between which cities? Are there flights up to the north of the country where the Tamil Tigers were in control up until last year?
What are the safety records of these airlines like?
I had a look on SriLankan Airlines and couldn't find that many domestic flights.
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MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4540 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6122 times:
In the period around 2005-2008, there were flights from the downtown airport by Aero Lanka (BAe 748) and Expo Aviation or Mihin Lanka flew F-27s to the northern town of Jaffna. These flights were either cancelled or totally off limits for citizens/foreigners as the country was in a civil war. Now things get safer you would hope the flights will slowly be opened up. h
see: http://www.expoavi.com/ . Although don't hold your breath, I doubt it's already possible to fly on these propliners, otherwise I'd do it.
Hope this post provoces some reactions and updates from others.
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RAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6113 times:
As MEA-707 said, there were scheduled flights from Colombo to many cities in Sri Lanka in 2004 and 2005.
But now, purchasing directly in the airport of Colombo Ratmalana airport, you can find some airlines serving mainly cargo flights to Jaffna, Trincomalee, Koggala and other cities. This cargo flights can accommodate until 5 or 7 passengers per flight.
Try Mihin Lanka with its sole Fokker F27, Expo Aviation with a pair of Fokker F-27 and an Ilyushin IL-18 or Aero Lanka with its sole BAe HS748.
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