|Emirates insists reinstate
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
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