The Ministry, with the purchase of the sea planes, expects to promote inland air transportation for the convenience of local and foreign tourists. A programme is mooted to develop the inland airline service to contribute to the growing tourism sector. Several inland reservoirs and lakes around the country suitable for landing and taking off sea planes will be developed as ports.
Under the programme, the Ministry intends to use 12 inland lakes and waterways including the Beira Lake, the Victoria Reservoir, Tisa Wewa and Parakrama Samudra as destinations. In addition a service from the Negombo Lagoon to various parts of the country has been planned.