SriLankan to the cleaners
investigation by The Sunday Leader has unearthed astounding details of
how the expatriate staff at SriLankan Airlines have pillaged the
financial resources of the national carrier.
a foolhardy deal sealed in indecent haste on April 1, 1998, this
nation and the government of Sri Lanka were reduced to puppets,
dancing to the tune and jumping to the orders of Sheik Ahamed Bin Said
Al Makoom and his British born staff at Emirates Airlines.
years thence, the national carrier has been downgraded to being
classed as a third rate airline, run on a shoestring budget, showing
losses that run not into millions - nay, but billions of rupees. The
multi million-dollar question that begs answer at this moment in time
is what benefits has the marriage with Emirate Airlines reaped for
March 31, this year, SriLankan Airlines recorded a loss in air
transportation exceeding Rs. 6 billion. The six thousand million rupee
loss for the national carrier has galvanised the new government into
appointing a special three man committee to probe the agreement
between SriLankan Airlines and Emirates.