ExpoAir flies to Jaffna

ExpoAir, a domestic aviation company in Sri Lanka in operation since 1997, announced the resumption of regular flights from Colombo – Jaffna today (Wednesday, Jan. 25). Offering a unique service, based on value for money, with stringent service standards, ExpoAir stands out as the only domestic airline to continue operations from Colombo to Jaffna during the armed conflict of the past decades. 

Now, revamped with a brand new aircraft and new flight plan, ExpoAir aims to woo the business traveller with the promise of "Jaffna in just over 1 Hour", with twice-daily scheduled flights; underscoring its understanding of the need for affordable and fast travel between the northern capital and Colombo. A brand new Cessna Grand Caravan 12 seater aircraft with leather seats, individual reading lights, air-vents, also equipped with a drop-down monitor which will be screening silent movies during the flight. The journey promises to be invigorating and comfortable with the added bonus of 2 flight crew members to take care of safety and comfort. 

Taking off on 01 February 2012 ExpoAir will fly twice daily from the Ratmalana Airport at 07:00 hrs. and 16:15 hrs. and the return flights from Jaffna will be at 08:45 hrs. and 16:45 hrs. respectively, with arrival times approximately one hour after takeoff. The one-way tickets are priced at Rs. 10,000/- and return tickets at Rs 19,100/- which includes a 15 kg baggage allowance per individual. The excess baggage charges are limited to a nominal Rs. 150/- per kilo. ExpoAir will operate a special shuttle service to and from the Palaly airport to the Jaffna town to ensure maximum safety and comfort for the passengers. 

Since 1997, ExpoAir has successfully established a strong standing among domestic air passengers based on its commitment and dedication to providing a service of the highest quality while adhering to the most rigid safety standards. ExpoAir commenced scheduled daily passenger flights to Jaffna after the signing of the peace pact, with the first flight to Jaffna taking off on 03 June 2002.  Even during the peak of the armed conflict, with uninterrupted services throughout, ExpoAir was the business and leisure traveller’s first choice for travel to the country’s north.  The airline constantly kept upgrading its aircraft and operated  3-4 flights daily with two 52-seater aircraft namely the Fokker F-27-500. ExpoAir temporarily suspended its domestic operation in 2010 due to the fact that the general public opted to drive to Jaffna sans any security threat and the non-presence of the rebels. Curiosity drove the public to drive and see for themselves areas held by the rebels for almost three decades where free movement was not possible due to the presence of the rebels.

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