I'm planning on traveling to Jaffna with my parents in Feb 2013. We're debating the best way (in terms of travel time) of getting there from Colombo. My parents want to hire an a/c van and drive there - the thought of sitting in a van for 10 hours or so is not thrilling to me. I'd like to fly, but this makes my parents very nervous as they've heard that the flights aren't reliable (we need to get back to Colombo to catch our flight home) and that security in Jaffna airport can be lengthy and intrusive. Has anyone been there recently? Any advice will be greatly appreciated.