The unique and increasingly popular SriLankan Air Taxi service, operated by SriLankan Airlines, now offers passengers
flights from the heart of Sri Lanka’s capital city, Colombo, just minutes from the major hotel and business districts.
SriLankan Air Taxi utilises waterways and regional airfields to carry travellers between Colombo and regional centres throughout Sri Lanka,
slicing hours off some road trips through the Sri Lankan highlands.
“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,” said Ian Robinson,Regional Manager, Australia, for SriLankan Airlines.
“We have no doubt that this service will be of immense benefit to tourists, business people, and other travellers on their way to any part of the
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,” said Mr Robinson.
“For example, a passenger arriving from Australia, Europe or the Far East can save the 1 ½ hour road trip to Colombo by taking the Air Taxi.”
Air Taxi already operates to both of Colombo’s airports – 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 roads.
Mattakkuliya 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.
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