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Monday, March 11, 2013 - 5.05 GMT
Seaplanes in Sri Lanka: up & away with a new air taxi service - The Guardian


A thrilling new seaplane service in Sri Lanka takes you from Colombo into the hill country, landing on temple lakes, states The Guardian in a report published recently.

“It was at Koggala lake, near Galle, that I first saw the seaplane that was to whisk me up to Sri Lanka's lush and temperate tea country. There, bobing up and down, lashed to a floating dock, was the white dual-engine DeHavilland Twin Otter, on its tail a phantasmagoric mural depicting the supposed sights of Sri Lanka: leopards, giant squid, elephants and whales”, the Guardian writer David Shaftel said.

Seeing the plane floating on two giant pontoons, its wings set on top of a fuselage that holds 15 passengers, I was transported back to a time when air travel was still an adventure, when stepping onto a plane amid the uproar of whizzing propellers felt intrepid, he further said.

Quoting George McBain, the pilot, Guardian writer said, the pilot suspected he'd see me again. "A lot of passengers – the ones that we do have – are repeat passengers," he said.

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