@

 
   
   
   
   
   
HOME
NEWS  
NEWS FEATURES  
INTERVIEWS  
POLITICAL COLUMN  
THIS IS MY NATION  
MILITARY MATTERS  
EDITORIAL  
SPORTS  
CARTOON  
BUSINESS  
EYE - FEATURES  
LETTERS  
EVENTS  
SOUL - YOUTH MAG  
KIDS - NATION  
ENTERTAINMENT  
NATION SPECIAL  
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

News


SriLankan crisis solved?

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The most-recent crisis at SriLankan Airlines, which erupted with some 18 pilots attached to the national carrier going on a sick note campaign on Friday and crippling several flights as a result, appears to have been sorted out.

“We were officially informed that the problem has been solved, and UL 105, 225, 192, 106 and 226, which were cancelled, have been rescheduled,” said Ruwini Jayasinghe, Communications Manager at SriLankan.
Flights to Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Male and Dubai, which were cancelled, have also been rescheduled.

“Ever since the government took over SriLankan, there has been a lot of intervention by politicians and many pilots are not happy. Although many have nothing against the government taking over the management, the pilots are disappointed about the non-fulfillment of several promises that they had been given by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Aviation Services Minister Chamal Rajapaksa,” an airline source said.

Despite several flights – including those to Delhi, Dubai, Chennai and Bangalore – being cancelled on Friday, SriLankan officials claimed the passengers were given the choice of switching to other airlines.

“There was a slight problem on Friday but many were able to switch to other airlines,” said Jayasinghe, asserting that normalcy was restored by Saturday.

However, other sources revealed that with the cancellation of several flights on Friday, no procedure had been adopted to re-route the passengers to other airlines. Many passengers were left stranded at the airport on Friday while a lucky few travelling in business class were able to switch to other airlines.

Airline sources also said that the sick note action, which virtually crippled the national carrier, was more a warning to the government to show what the pilots could actually do if the authorities failed to keep their original promises.
Aviation Minister Rajapaksa was not available for comment.

****