Sri Lanka’s Cinnamon Air to launch scheduled flights to Jaffna from Colombo
Ada Derana: Cinnamon Air, Sri Lanka’s premier domestic airline, recently announced the launch of scheduled flights to Jaffna, which will provide travelers with easy access transport to the most popular city in the northern region of the island along with an exceptional travel experience. Scheduled flights to Jaffna will commence from 16th June 2023, with weekly departures from Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and Sigiriya Airport to Jaffna International Airport every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. At the same time, Cinnamon Air will resume daily scheduled flights to Trincomalee and Batticaloa from BIA.
As the only domestic airline to offer scheduled flights from their dedicated domestic terminal at BIA, Cinnamon Air has meticulously designed its scheduled flight service between Colombo and Jaffna in order to meet the needs of discerning travelers who need a quick, seamless, cost-effective, and reliable transport option. While these scheduled flights ensure speed and comfort, the careful synchronization of departure times with arrival times of major international airlines substantially reduces transit times for connecting passengers.
In order to maximize the utility of the service for traveler’s, Cinnamon Air’s scheduled flights to Jaffna from Colombo will be routed via Sigiriya, providing swift access to Jaffna from Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. The stopover in Sigiriya enables tourists who are exploring the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka in regions such as Polonnaruwa, Habarana, and Dambulla to widen their exposure to the diverse Sri Lankan culture by easily travelling to Jaffna.
Furthermore, the resumption of scheduled flights to East Coast destinations offers speedy travel to the coastal tourist attractions in Trincomalee and Pasikudah (through Batticaloa). In addition to scheduled flights, Cinnamon Air continues to offer exclusive charter flights to Jaffna (and all other aerodromes in Sri Lanka). These private charter flights provide unparalleled speed, comfort, and flexibility to travelers.
Commenting on the new development, Mr. Sean Dwight, the Chief Executive Officer of Cinnamon Air, said, “We are committed to providing the quickest and most convenient mode of transport in Sri Lanka with a memorable travel experience, and the introduction of scheduled flight service to Jaffna is the latest example of that commitment. Our flights offer hassle-free access to Jaffna, which generally requires a drive of more than eight hours to reach, while our flight time is only an hour”. He continued, “We have timed this launch to coincide with the expected influx of travelers to Jaffna during the upcoming Nallur Festival, especially from India, and we believe that the availability of our scheduled flights can provide a swift and enjoyable mode of travel. As a key player in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry that provides a unique experience to foreign traveler’s visiting Sri Lanka, we are continuously seeking ways to enhance the image of Sri Lanka by enabling tremendously convenient access to popular destinations in the country”.
Sri Lanka’s airport and aviation sector is on an expansion path with attention being paid to the operation of domestic flights between key cities in the country. This has also resulted on the need to develop and expand the airport network within the country to accommodate the domestic flight operations. All these are indicative of the growing business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka’s airport and aviation sector. With Sri Lanka’s tourism industry on a growth path and the expansion in overall economic activities, there’s a growth and business potential in further developing and expanding the country’s airport and aviation sector. Given that Sri Lanka is looking at becoming an emerging business destination in the South Asian region, foreign businesses/investors could confidently explore the growing opportunities in Sri Lanka’s airport and aviation sector.
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