Business News: SriLankan Airlines has been struggling financially and by some other aspects as well when this unexpected pandemic hit.
“So has made it more hard to keep going” said Mr. Ashok Pathirage during a Webinar hosted by The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka on 13th May 2020.
Currently, SriLankan Airlines is carrying repatriation flights with the government to bring back stranded Sri Lankan citizens from other countries. Only Cargo flights are carried out about 29 flights per week.
He further stated that SriLankan Airlines has 7500 employees and 28 aircraft need to look forward for methods to increase income and cut down costs to keep the airline going. They are planning to negotiate with leasing companies.
As per international Airline Transport Agency (IATA) stats even by the end of this year only 30% of usual passenger crowd could be expected. Thus they are expecting governments help as the main shareholder of SriLankan Airlines to keep the airline going.
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H finally said that we should learn to live with the pandemic and face it rather than avoiding it to keep up with the Economy & thus they’re ready to start normal Commercial operation to relevant health and safety guidelines as soon as the government & the Health Authorities give consent to do so.
Mr. Pathirage also emphasized the importance of a National carrier and the importance of seeing ways to impose and develop the underrated National Carrier.