Oct 29, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Transport Board has launched a luxury bus service on the Colombo- Katunayake Expressway (CKE) Monday, a day after its ceremonial opening by the President.
Parliamentarian Sudarshani Fernandopulle ceremoniously opened the bus service from Katunayake International Airport to Colombo by travelling in a luxury bus.
Transport Minister Kumara Welgama driving a bus by himself at a speed between 80 to 100 kmph opened the Colombo to Katunayake service.
The luxury bus service will operate from 6:30 a.m. and buses will ply between the airport and the capital Colombo every 30 minutes.
The CKE is expected to reduce the travel time of the 26-kilometer ride between Colombo and the Airport to about 20 minutes. Speed limit will be 80 kilometers per hour (50 mph) for the first eight kilometers (5.0 mi) and 110 km/h (68 mph) for the rest of the road.
According to the government a taxi ride from Katunayake International Airport to Colombo which used to cost Rs.2,700 for a passenger can now be made for only Rs.130.