SriLankan Air Taxi is set to offer passengers flights
from the heart of the capital city, within minutes of Colombo’s hotels and business
districts.“We now operate our amphibious Turbo Otter aircraft from the Kelani River, which is
a very short drive from Fort, Kollupitiya and the rest of the city. We have no doubt
that this service will be of immense benefit to tourists, businessmen, and other
travellers on their way to any part of the country,” said Amith Sumanapala, General
Manager, SriLankan Holidays.
Passengers board the aircraft at Air Taxi’s landing dock at Mattakkuliya, en route
to any of 16 destinations around the island - Kandy (2 sites), Bentota, Nuwara
Eliya, Hingurakgoda, Galle (Koggala), Weerawila, Ampara (2 sites), Katunayake,
Ratmalana, Trincomalee, Katukurunda, Sigiriya, Dickwella and Anuradhapura.
“We also offer greater convenience for passengers arriving in and departing from the
Bandaranaike International Airport. For example, a passenger arriving on a long
flight from Europe or the Far East can save himself the 1 ? hour road trip to
Colombo by hopping on the Air Taxi,” said Sumanapala. “It’s also within hailing
distance of suburbs such as Kelaniya, Kadawatha, Peliyagoda and Wattala.”
Air Taxi already operates to both of Colombo’s airport - the Bandaranaike
International Airport in Katunayake, and the Colombo Airport in Ratmalana. However,
the journey from the city to the airfields is less than ideal due to congested
Mattakkuliya (Colombo 15) is located within the municipal limits of the city, and
has easy road access to areas where Colombo’s 5-star hotels are located.
Air Taxi operates two Turbo Otter aircraft, which can land on regular airstrips or
on water. The view from these aircraft is also quite spectacular, as they fly far
lower than jet aircraft, giving passengers a bird’s eye view of the Paradise Isle.
The National Carrier has rapidly expanded its domestic operations which commenced
two years ago, continuously adding new landing sites to provide greater convenience