• Services to recommence from December 15 
  • Will operate to Sigiriya, Castlereagh, Trincomalee, Batticaloa (serving Pasikudah), Koggala and Weerawila from BIA and Water’s Edge Colombo

Cinnamon Air, Sri Lanka’s premier domestic airline, has resumed daily scheduled flights after a temporary suspension during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The airline is the only domestic carrier in Sri Lanka offering daily scheduled flights and the only such airline to operate flights from Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) with a dedicated passenger terminal and aircraft maintenance facility. 

As the airline resumes its daily scheduled flight operation from December 15, 2022, the entire Cessna 208 fleet of Cinnamon Air will operate to destinations such as Sigiriya, Castlereagh, Trincomalee, Batticaloa (serving Pasikudah), Koggala and Weerawila from BIA and Water’s Edge Colombo. 

The daily scheduled flights were temporarily halted during the pandemic, due to the sharp decline in tourist arrivals (the key source of demand for the airline) to the country. However, while strictly adhering to health and safety protocols, the charter flight service continued without disruption. 

During this period of reduced demand, Cinnamon Air geared itself to better serve its customers through streamlining operations by relocating to a new state-of-the-art aircraft maintenance facility (hangar) at BIA, which is in close proximity to its passenger terminal. As visitor arrivals improve, the airline is expected to be the preferred choice for safe and convenient mode of travel for tourists to swiftly reach popular destinations within the island.    

Regarding the resumption of the scheduled flight operation, Cinnamon Air Chief Executive Officer Sean Dwight pointed out the airline is a premier mode of transportation to many individuals visiting Sri Lanka, enabling them to reach popular destinations throughout the country in a hassle-free manner at a fraction of the travel time. 

“To ensure smooth connectivity with our flights, without long transit times, we have synchronised our flight times with the arrival and departure times of SriLankan Airlines and other major international airlines.

“As the tourism industry in Sri Lanka is regaining its volumes, we are poised to add value to foreign travellers’ experience in Sri Lanka through our scheduled flights which, in turn, will enhance the image of the country as an upmarket tourist destination,” he said. 

“In fact, our passengers consider us as an attraction in addition to being a mode of travel due to the unique experience of taking off and landing on water as well as the breath-taking aerial views of Sri Lanka,” added Dwight. 

Cinnamon Air, owned and operated by Saffron Aviation (Pvt.) Limited, is a joint venture between Sri Lanka’s largest listed conglomerate, John Keells Holdings PLC, MMBL Leisure Holdings (part of Mercantile Merchant Bank Group) and Phoenix Ventures (parent of Brandix Group). In addition to scheduled flights, Cinnamon Air also offers charter services to and between all airports and water aerodromes in Sri Lanka. 

Furthermore, all Cinnamon Air scheduled flights operate in codeshare with SriLankan Airlines, consequent to which they are also available for sale throughout the SriLankan Airlines network and all travel agents around the world via global distribution systems, under a ‘UL’-designated flight number. 

Source – Daily Mirror