Cinnamon Air to resume flights from Dec. 15 | Sunday Observer

Cinnamon Air to resume flights from Dec. 15

4 December, 2022
Cinnamon Air’s Cessna 208 amphibian aircraft
Cinnamon Air’s Cessna 208 amphibian aircraft

Cinnamon Air, Sri Lanka’s domestic airline, is due to resume its daily scheduled flights after a temporary suspension during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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

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

The flights were temporarily halted during the pandemic due to the sharp decline in tourist arrivals, the key source of income for the airline, to the country.

During the period of reduced demand, Cinnamon Air geared itself to better serve customers by relocating to a new state-of-the-art aircraft maintenance facility (hangar) at the BIA, in close proximity to its passenger terminal.

Chief Executive Officer of Cinnamon Air, Sean Dwight said, “To ensure smooth connectivity with our flights, without long transit times, we have synchronised our flight times with the arrival and departure times of Sri Lankan 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.

Cinnamon Air is owned and operated by Saffron Aviation (Pvt) Limited, a joint venture between John Keells Holdings PLC, MMBL Leisure Holdings (a part of the Mercantile Merchant Bank Group) and Phoenix Ventures (parent of the Brandix Group).