SriLankan is expanding its air taxi service and is looking for two new aircraft to add to the two Cessna Caravan amphibious aircraft it currently operates.

The newest destination in Sri Lanka for the air taxi service will be the mountain gateway of Nuwara Eliya where a short runway is to be built.

SriLankan currently operates air taxi services between the capital Colombo and destinations such as Kandy, Bentota and Trincomalee.

According to airline chief executive Peter Hill, the arrival of upmarket hotel groups in Sri Lanka - Banyan Tree and Aman Resorts - mean that demand for speedy transits will spiral.

"The interest shown by these hotel operators underlines the potential of Sri Lanka's tourism industry, but we know that luxury travellers will require the appropriate transport facilities and it is with this in mind that we are expanding our air taxi operation," Hill says.

Source: Flight Daily News