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News


Emirates insists reinstate Hill

By Dharisha Bastians
The air battle rages on with Emirates last week sending letters to Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundera and BOI Chairman Dhammika Perera demanding that SriLankan Airlines CEO Peter Hill be reinstated after the government arbitrarily cancelled his work permit last week.

The letter which was sent through the law firm F.J. and G. De Saramís stated that the expulsion of Hill was unlawful and violated the terms of the shareholder agreement between Emirates and the government of Sri Lanka (GoSL).

The strongly worded letter to the government officials is reported to be the Dubai based Emiratesí first step towards pursuing legal action against GoSL for Hillís unceremonious removal and was sent ahead of a visit by Emirates President Tim Clark who will arrive in Sri Lanka on January 2. Clark, who cancelled a SriLankan Airlines board meeting scheduled for January 8, is expected to meet with the Treasury Secretary Jayasundera and also Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga during his Colombo visit.

Peter Hill meanwhile departed for Dubai on Thursday (27) and is expected to manage SriLankan Airlines from there.
Meanwhile, it is also learnt that over 10% of SriLankan Airlines pilots are poised to quit the airline while several other experts have also handed in their resignations due to the prevailing uncertainty.
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