SriLankan Airlines cancels flights to Mattala (Watch report)

SriLankan Airlines cancels flights to Mattala (Watch report)

By Ramesh Irugalbandara

Jan 19, 2015 | 7:42 pm

SriLankan Airlines has canceled all flights to the Mattala Rajapaksa International airport.

Addressing a media briefing alongside Minister of State for Aviation Faiszer Mustapha, Sri Lankan Airlines CEO Kapila Chandrasena stated that an additional cost of 10% was incurred when operating the flights from Mattala.

Minister of State, Faizer Mustapha, speaking to the media stated that he did not order the cancellation of flights to Mattala and merely instructed the officials to discontinue all unproductive routes. He went on to note that the CEO would not have had the power to make such a decision during the previous administration.

Responding to a question raised by a journalist on the fate of Mihin Lanka, the Minister stated that the decision on whether or not the carrier would be shut down would be decided following a discussions with the President and Prime Minister.

He went on to note that it is not practical for an airline operator to function with just three aircraft, adding that an evaluation would be done to determine the operators fate .

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