In an effort to get the country’s national carrier, SriLankan out of it’s current financial catastrophe, the government is looking at the possibility of tying up with a foreign airline in an effort to help better manage SriLankan airlines and convert it into a profit making venture.
State Minister of International Trade Sujeewa Senasinghe said that drastic measures were necessary to safeguard the future of the country, and to ensure that the airline will not continue to make losses.
“SriLankan is a huge problem for us, so we are looking at collaborating with a foreign carrier, to convert the loss making carrier into a profit making enterprise,” Senasinghe said.
The minister said that the national carrier was a profit making enterprise till 2008 when it was under the Emirates management, until former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his own reasons worked in a manner which led to Emirates pulling out of the agreement with SriLankan, after which the airline took a nosedive which has led to the current crisis.
Meanwhile, Minister of Special Assignments, Dr. Sarath Amunugama categorized SriLankan airlines as one of the top 10 worst-managed state enterprises in the world. He made this statement at a seminar held on Thursday.
In March, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament that SriLankan airlines had run into a huge debt amounting to US $ 1 billion and within six weeks the government will decide the future course of action to address the issue facing the national carrier. (By Munza Mushtaq © Colombo Telegraph)