Air Taxi to Arugam Bay

SriLankan Air Taxi takes to the skies again

SriLankan Airlines will re-launch its domestic float plane service – SriLankan Air Taxi – commencing December in time for the winter tourist season.

SriLankan’s Head of Worldwide Sales Mohamed Fazeel said ” We will shortly be adding a new dimension to domestic travel, enabling travellers to reach most parts of the island within 40 minutes. International visitors arriving in Sri Lanka can go straight on to their destinations with convenient connections.”

SriLankan is planning to acquire two Twin Otter aircraft for the operation, each with a capacity of up to 15 passengers.

These twin-engined aircraft are currently being sourced. “SriLankan Air Taxi will supplement the country’s existing land-based domestic air services, as there are many parts of the country in which aerodromes are not conveniently located, but there are plenty of rivers and lakes that can serve as waterdromes.

We have studied the market and there is definitely a demand for a rapid and convenient service among both tourists and Sri Lankans – from individuals and families to corporate groups,” said Fazeel. Air Taxi operated for three years until operations were suspended in June 2007 at the height of the island’s conflict due to necessary security restrictions on domestic flying. It operated 3,000 flights and carried more than 17,000 passengers.

The airline’s plans include operating out of the city of Colombo, which would provide greater convenience for city dwellers than spending up to an hour and a half by road to reach either of the airports near the city – Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake and Colombo Airport in Ratmalana. “Every country needs a good domestic flying service.

We believe this would definitely strengthen the country’s tourism industry and draw more high-end

travellers to the island. Air Taxi will give travellers the option of turning a 6-hour road trip into a 40-minute flight. This means you reach

your destination fresh and smiling, rather than hot and bothered,” said Fazeel.

Waterdromes that Air Taxi is likely to operate from include Colombo’s Beira Lake, the Negombo Lagoon, Castlereagh, Tissamaharama and Arugam Bay. It would also operate to the many locations that were earlier used – Kandy, Bentota, Nuwara Eliya, Galle (Koggala), Ampara, Trincomalee, Dambulla and Dickwella.

“Air Taxi is extremely flexible, so anyone can book flights to wherever they want to go. We are also planning daily flights which would cover several destinations, as well as special air tours such as scenic tours, charter flights, cultural and sports events,” said Fazeel.

The low-flying aircraft would also provide a panoramic view of the island’s palm-fringed golden beaches, lush tropical forests, gushing waterfalls, and mist-swathed mountains.

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17 Responses to “Air Taxi to Arugam Bay”

  • Dear Mark,
    Please contact the airline direct.
    We believe it’s operated by Cinnamon Air.
    We have no direct knowledge or contact with them,since they took over from SriLankan Air Taxi Services

  • mark burke-moran

    Hi i would like to book a one way flight from colombo watters edge to augrum bay on the 29 may afternoon. It is for one person with Surfboard. Can you please mail me asap.

    Thank You

    Kind Regards


  • Thank you.
    Please contact
    Sri Lankan Air Taxi Services
    Cinnamon Air

    for any internal flights.
    They are not regular to Arugam Bay this year, only Charter
    And very expensive we understand

  • Hi, I am interested in flight is not on the bus

  • Hello, my name is Ariel Oz, and I’m interested in flight
    Colombo Arrogm Bay we two people please what is the lowest price roundtrip Thank you

  • Hello, my name is Ariel Oz, and I’m interested in flight
    Colombo Arrogm Bay we two people please what is the lowest price roundtrip Thank you

  • hey my name is ariel oz i have Question , how match money will from Colombo to Arugam bay , and We are two travelers.
    Please give me an answer my email is

  • # Claire
    By vehicle car or mini bus expect to pay between 140-160 $ per trip (350km)
    Flights are available.
    But you have to check with the air taxi guys yourself please.

  • Hi We would like to travel to A- bay from Columbo airport on the 22nd of June is that possible and how much is the price ? Cheers 🙂 Claire

  • Dear Monsieur Herve,

    Thank you for your inquiry & message.
    Please note that we are based at Arugam Bay itself.
    And our mission is to try to promote the area.
    We are not, however, in control of flight services offered.

    Please be so kind and contact the operators directly.
    We attach two links which you may find helpful, below:


    for cheaper helicopter services

  • Hello,

    Can i have the price please for 5 (2 adults and 3 childrens 4, 7 and 10 years old) and one surf board for the 5 August 2013 (colombo -arugam bay) and the 17 august 2013 for the return.

    At what time are the fly ?
    Thanks and best regards

    Hervé Ducastin

  • Hi,
    Is there a flight on Sa. 01 sept ’12 Colombo to A’bay ?

    Leave mss : 0032476543589 or


  • Hello,

    We want to take floatplane to go to arugam bay to colombo on the 30th August 2012 ?
    What is the price please ?
    My phone number is : 0033672394079.

    Thank you !

  • hi
    how much is it for 2 people to Arugam Bay with 1 surf board?

  • douteau catherine

    plaese give me the price for 3 pax and 1 surfbag 7 feet for the 08072012 return the 07082012 colombo arugam bay thank you

  • Hi,
    I would like to ask you if its possible to get a two tickets for the flight from Arugam Bay to Colombo Airport On Monday 29th August 2011?

    thank you very much for response Tomas Tuzar

  • Is it possible to carry surfboards on the plane,taxi & what would be the cost if possible?

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