Domestic airlines such as Deccan Aviation, with increasing economic activity in all parts of the country, is seeing a significant increase in domestic flights to the North and East.
The company (Deccan) said in a statement that the average sector flying time is on the rise with more flights being taken to the east coast, Trincomalee, Pasikudah and Arugam Bay tops the list of hot destinations. With over 180 established helipads in the country, helicopter charters are becoming an essential travel option to both business and leisure travelers.
“In this day and age, business travellers look for something extra, cruising at 160 km per hour with a range of 480 km, helicopters allow guests to make multiple visits and return back the same day avoiding the stress associated with traveling by road and the extra cost of accommodation,” said Denham Schokman CEO of Deccan Aviation Lanka.
The company recently introduced a helicopter schedule service connecting the International airport with major tourist destinations in the south coast.
“ We see a lot of opportunity to extend our schedule to the east coast especially during the season, definite plans are underway to induct a 8 seat fixed wing aircraft which is scheduled to be in Sri Lanka early 2011 in time for the season’.
The new service is set to disrupt the pricing of air travel, enabling passengers to fly within Sri Lanka at a cost less than traveling by road.