Today I read news in a Tamil website about Expo Air and it is venturing back into Jaffna flights using a 12-seater Cessneda Grand Caravan aircraft which costed 2.6 Million US dollars. . Left me to think of old days!
There was a time when the war was on the peak, there were no proper transportation available to Jaffna. People are supposed to travel by either Sea or Plane. Most of the people those who had money chooses the way of Air as it is more effective.
But even after paying the money it won’t be as fun as we think. You need to stay in big queues to get a ticket. Even after getting a ticket, you have to wait on a long waiting list!!! Even after getting your place, your flight might get canceled at anytime. You may even ask to leave after boarding the plane. 🙂 Now it sounds so silly but it was the reality.
Put all the hassles aside check the prices those days. You can go to India for about 15K but to Jaffna expo charged 22K. Pure rip off! But many those who had money didn’t bother to pay it as we all will pay any price to see our loved ones.
After A-9 was opened, expo’s expensive overrated services no longer needed by most of the people. Instantly the demand melted and people started to travel via A-9. Demand dropped from 200 passengers to 30 passengers per day. As the result Expo sent their 52-seater aircraft to Indonesia and trying to lease it out to some other company.
Good luck to ExpoAir. We do need domestic airlines in Sri Lanka but I hope they’ll not increase the prices as they did earlier to rip off from innocent people. I think they have already repaid the karma 😉
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