SriLankan airlines, the state-owned carrier, has announced it will halt it’s much talked up ‘air taxi’ service, after admitting it was a “loss-making operation”.
Chief Marketing Officer G.T. Jeyaseelan blamed tour operators for the loss, stating,
“Instead of making the air taxi an integral part of their packages, they made it an option. To operate the service, we have to sell this product in the international market.”
“In the Maldives, the air taxi product is paid for by the resorts and not the passengers.”
The company, which has been making increasing losses, is now looking to private company Cinnamon Air, which owns three 8-seater planes, to operate a code-share agreement with.
See the report from the Sunday Times here.