Sri Lanka’s Northern Province opens up for business with commencement of domestic flights
Sri Lankan domestic airline operator, FitsAir, last week commenced the operation of three scheduled flights between Colombo and Jaffna.
Accordingly, FitsAir flies thrice a week from the Ratmalana Airport to the Jaffna International Airport.
An official from Airport Aviation Services has been quoted as saying that launching scheduled flights to Jaffna can be considered as a national landmark. “With the commencement of domestic scheduled operations to Jaffna from Ratmalana, the Northern part of the country will be connected to the domestic civil air transportation network.”
“Several leading Tamil businessmen and investors in Colombo will benefit from this airline service. In addition tourists too now get the opportunity to fly to Jaffna in less than two hours which will boost tourism in the North,” the official has been quoted as saying.
“Further, this connectivity will help international tourists to make their trips to Northern destinations and boost the tourism industry. This initiation will explore the opportunities to capture a portion of the rapidly growing travel market in the Northern and Western parts of Sri Lanka,” the official has added.
Also, under the direction of Prasanna Ranatunga, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Tourism and Aviation and with the guidance of Major General G. A. Chandrasiri, Chairman of Airport Aviation Services Limited (AASL), the Airport in Ratmalana is to be developed to meet intentional standards.
The Ministry has reportedly identified five main areas, 1.International ‘Corporate Jet Operations’ 2. Promote the airport as a ‘Domestic Aviation Hub’ 3. To promote the airport as an Aviation Training Hub in the region 4. Promotion of the airport for ‘FBO and MRO Investments’ 5. To promote the airport for international ‘Regional Airports Operations’ for development.
The launching of scheduled domestic flights between Colombo and Jaffna has resulted in the opening up of a new trade centre in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. Also, the operation of flights between Jaffna and neighbouring India has also given a boost to Sri Lanka’s bilateral and trade ties between the two countries. Foreign businesses/investors could therefore explore business opportunities in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province.
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