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Cinnamon Air takes off
Cinnamon Air, a Board of Investments (BOI) approved joint venture between John Keells Holdings, MMBL Leisure Holdings and Phoenix Ventures, and operated by Saffron Aviation, launched scheduled domestic flight yesterday at the newly opened Water’s Edge Water Aerodrome located along the iconic lake surrounding the country’s parliament, Diyawanna Oya.

Initially operating with three aircraft, the company expects to expand operations and fleet to cater to the increasing travel needs focusing on high-end tourists.

The new domestic air service would be promoted through existing SriLankan AirLines corporate offices and dealers across the world under a code sharing agreement the company entered into with the national carrier.

Initially, flights will originate from the domestic passenger terminal within the precincts of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) with daily flights to Koggala and Dickwella which would serve key south coast tourist destinations such as Galle, Weligama, Mirissa and Tangalle.

Later this month Cinnamon Air will launch daily scheduled flights from BIA to Kandy (Polgolla), via the city of Colombo, consequent to the completion of passenger handling facilities at the Water’s Edge water aerodrome.

Scheduled services from BIA to Sigiriya, Batticaloa and Trincomalee will be rolled out next month as Cinnamon Air augments its fleet with a wheeled Cessna 208B Grand Caravan aircraft.

Cinnamon Air will also offer charter services to individuals and groups to all airports and approved water aerodromes in the country. These will include locations such as Nuwara Eliya, Arugam Bay, Mattala, Tissamaharama, Jaffna, Anuradhapura, Vavuniya, Digana and Bentota to name a few. Inquiries for charter flights could be made directly with the airline or via its website or through travel agents, destination management companies and hotel counters.

Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony yesterday (04).