7 July, 2022

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SriLankan Airlines: Disgruntled Corporate Heads Vent Frustration On Social Media

Disgruntled and prominent business folk in Colombo have taken to Facebook to vent their frustration at the denial of basic services offered by the country’s national carrier SriLankan Airlines towards its full fare paying customers.

Suren Goonewardene - Denied Access To SriLankan Airlines Business Class Lounge In Singapore

Suren Goonewardene – Denied Access To SriLankan Airlines Business Class Lounge In Singapore

Suren Goonewardene a pioneer in the mobile telecommunications business who was denied access to using the Business Class lounge in Singapore last night posted “Bloody Sri Lankan lounge in Singapore refuses me entry to the lounge after a long trek from Aussie . The excuse given is that a passenger cannot stay in the lounge for more than 3 hours.. bunch of jokers who run the airline .. never has this happened before to me . Flight code share with Qantas ..”

Incidentally Goonewardene who purchased a full fare ticket from Hemas Travels (Pvt) Ltd to travel on SriLankan Airlines / Qantas from Colombo via Singapore to Australia was granted access to the Qantas Business Class lounge on his first leg during his four hour stopover. However on the way back as the stopover was over nine hours, he was denied access by SriLankan Airlines. Since denied access he had no option but to check into a transit hotel.

Kasthuri Chellarajah Wilson - Managing Director Hemas Says "Travel Emirates Instead"

Kasthuri Chellaraja Wilson – Managing Director Hemas Says “Travel Emirates Instead”

Another prominent passenger Dr. Thiyagarah Iraivan who traveled recently on SriLankan Airlines to Bangalore and took to Facebook earlier to also vent his frustration wrote “This is the state of the national airline”. Earlier he had posted pictures of a broken arm rest of a passenger seat he had to sit when he traveled.srilankan-airlines

Commenting under Goonewardene’s post, Kasthuri Chellaraja Wilson the current Managing Director of Hemas Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd and former Managing Director of Hemas Transportation wrote “That’s why you should travel Emirates”.

Michael De Soysa the former Manager of the national Sri Lanka Cricket team also commented ” Ouch… never fly UL or Qantas…unless absolutely no other option”. ‘UL’ is the two letter abbreviation for SriLankan Airlines.

Meanwhile when Colombo Telegraph contacted a Senior Commercial Manager of SriLankan Airlines for clarification on the airline’s policy regarding access to the SriLankan Airlines Business Class lounge, he said “Please send this complaint directly to our CEO Capt. Suren Ratwatte. Perhaps he can answer for all the nonsense that is currently taking place”.

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  • 27
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    Srilankan Airlines in its last stages in an unfortunate life.When it ultimately closes down ,it would be yet another ” gift” to the people by the Rajapaksa gang of thrives.

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      It was dead to Sri Lankans anyway before the “gang of thieves” nationalized and made it actually “Sri Lankan”.

      Do you even have and idea about the commissions you could make by privatizing a national airline?

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    Capt. Suren Ratwatte, for your future travels please take the advise of Kasthuri Chellarajah Wilson and travel Emirates instead.

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      @Mike
      Capt. Suren Ratwatta, the so called vulgar Ruthless+watta should take Saudiair instead because no alcohol served on-board will be a good eye opener for the F’ing goon (pun intended). Also equip the Captain with the hand book of how to fly and manage an airline and Salman Rishdie’s blockbuster the Satanic Verses as a leisure read on board for him. That should teach these scoundrel a lesson;)

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        [Edited out] Gemba,

        Your inferiority complex shows through.

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          @Don the DONG!
          I never knew that honesty and truth spoken is a “complex” and is inferior to any ethos that is bereft in this country whether in politics, business or civic life.

  • 19
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    a business operates in compliance with rules. This never happened at UL under Raja’s! New experience for our corporate fat cats. If they want super perks , pay super fairs and fly Emirates as the lady advises !

  • 9
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    What a shame. I have been a loyal customer for forty years and have no bad experience (except when a fellow passenger, so drunk spilt his booze on my seat!) But I agree: I do see some strange things even when I flew from LHR to CBO a few days ago. Too many people spoiling the soup, perhaps ! But handing over the airline to a foreign operator will not help. They will make money but we will have to change to other lines.

    • 14
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      Lol, being loyal to such an airline with all low standards is the problem that you never got a chance to taste something is better

  • 7
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    What a shame. I have been a loyal customer for forty years and have no bad experience (except when a fellow passenger, so drunk spilt his booze on my seat!) But I agree: I do see some strange things even when I flew from LHR to CBO a few days ago. Too many people spoiling the soup, perhaps ! But handing over the airline to a foreign operator will not help. They will make money but we will have to change to other lines.

    And traveling Emirates is not the answer!!

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      You are telling them to Book in to the unaccompanied baggage / Cargo hold ?????????

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      When Emirates was partnering with Srilankan, it was a success story as the accumulated profit at the time of hand over in 2008 was Rs 9.25 Billion. The country benefitted and filled its coffers with the 57% of GOSL share holding amounting to a tune of 5.27 Billion. It should be noted that during this partnership of 10 year period from 1998 to 2008 with Emirates. GOSL did not dole out a single cent to the airline.

      Then the moda egoistic MR and GOTA-baya cancelled the prosperous partnership with the evergreen Emirates, with that blunder made, the hell was let loose and the government of sri lanka took full control and mismanaged and the accumulated loss to srilankan airlines was a whooping Rs. 128 Billions (from 2008 to 2015) Thereafter cash flow to manage the airline was pumped in by the Treasury. That shows the pathetic state of affairs. How truly and sincere patriots are our own majority people?
      Present CEO and management has not shown any remarkable improvement either. Sri Lankan loyalty customers are venting their anger at the silly, unprofessional staffs of UL as I myself has been a victim. Shame on you srilankan.

  • 22
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    Please give us the names of the Directors of Sri Lankan Airline

    a) Do they hold Sri lankan passports?

    b) If yes, are they dual citizens of any other country?

    c) How many days of last year did they spend in Sri Lanka?

    d) What are the benefits they enjoy as Directors of the airline?

    e) What are the benefits their family members are entitled to ?

    f) Since their appointment in 2015 what actual benefits have they and their family members enjoyed?( including free travel, access to airport lounges, business class travel( with cost prices)

    As this is a government owned airline all citizens are stakeholders and are entitled to know how their money is being spent-if the airline is run professionally this information should be available in a few seconds under directors benefits category

    • 16
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      Harry: Here is the Board of Directors as published in the Sri Lankan website:
      Board of Directors
      Mr. Ajith N. Dias – Chairman
      Mr. Rakitha Jayawardena – Director
      Colonel Sunil Peiris – Director
      Mr. Joseph. M. S. Brito – Director
      Mr. Mahinda Haradasa – Director
      Mr. R. Chanaka De Silva – Director
      Mr. Niranjan De Silva Deva Aditya – Director alias Nirj Deva
      Mr. Harendra K. Balapatabendi – Director

      Nirj Deva
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      Nirj Deva
      MEP DL FRSA
      Nirj Deva UNDP 2010.jpg
      Deva in 2010
      Member of the European Parliament
      for South East England
      Incumbent
      Assumed office
      10 June 1999
      Preceded by Position established
      Member of the United Kingdom Parliament
      for Brentford and Isleworth
      In office
      9 April 1992 – 1 May 1997
      Preceded by Barney Hayhoe
      Succeeded by Ann Keen
      Majority 2,086
      Personal details
      Born Niranjan Joseph De Silva Deva Aditya
      11 May 1948 (age 68)
      Colombo, Dominion of Ceylon
      Citizenship Sri Lankan & UK
      Political party Conservative
      Other political
      affiliations European Conservatives and Reformists
      Spouse(s) Indra
      Children 1
      Residence London
      Religion Roman Catholicism
      Website nirjdeva.com
      europarl..NIRJ_DEVA
      Niranjan Joseph De Silva Deva Aditya DL FRSA (born 11 May 1948), commonly known as Nirj Deva, is a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, he has been a Member of the European Parliament representing South East England since 1999. He was previously a Member of Parliament (MP) in the British House of Commons from 1992 to 1997, representing the constituency of Brentford and Isleworth.
      Deva was born in Sri Lanka into a politically active family, and was raised in Britain. He was only the fourth Asian-born person to be elected a Member of the House of Commons,[citation needed] and was the first Asian-born person to be elected as a Conservative member of the European Parliament.

      None of those on the Board to the best of my knowledge have any airline management expertise. The only qualification for their appointment – friends of Ranil!

      • 13
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        ALL OF THEM ARE RANIL’S PERSONAL FRIENDS. SOME CABAL RUNNING THE NATIONAL AIRLINES TO THE GROUND. THEY WERE NOT VERY CELAN BUSINESSMEN AT ALL

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          Aiyo !..

          but Ranil is such a Gentleman, no ?
          Not corrupt, no ?
          He is High-Class, no ?

          Not like those Rajakapses’s, no ?

          That is what everyone said when we voted them in.

          So what’s the problem now ?

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        I am sure most of them here still think that FAX is more authentic than email

  • 41
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    Seriously, a business class lounge is just that, a lounge not a bloody hotel. Suren Goonewardene should have got a transit hotel, cheapskate!

  • 17
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    It looks the management of UL is in the hands of wrong persons. The government which complains so.much about mismanagement and losses must arrest this situation without delay. Once again, this organisation should not be used to support friends and relatives who May not have the right aptitude and skill to manage an airline.

  • 32
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    Most business class lounges have a limit of 2-4 hours per visit, this is to ensure that other travelers have an opportunity to use the lounge.

    SIA has an excellent transit hotel which is reasonably priced. I’m sure SG can afford a hotel if he is travelling business class instead of doing the typical Sri Lankan thing of “I’m special”!!

    Flippant comments such as the one made by Kasthuri Chellaraja Wilson adds no value to the argument, the concept of a “keyboard warrior” comes to mind.

    Good, bad or ugly, the airline is Sri Lankan, we need to support it. Flying approx. 120K to 150K miles per year on a variety of carriers, I can assure you Emirates is no better. If you want something really good, try Qatar.

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      Take it from people who actually fly business class. There is no time limit for the amount of time someone can stay in a business or first class lounge. Let me guess you work for UL and trying to suck to you bosses?

  • 10
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    This air line ever since it was floated was bound to fail as its mission statement is an “airline to foster Nepotism and cronyism.”
    How can it ever succeed. Only time it made any profits was when it was run by a Emirates.
    That’s the best thing to do. Sell it off. Our business men have no capacity to compete in an open liberal market. They can only make money when they operate in a closed corrupt environment where nepotism and cronyism thrives.

  • 7
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    SriLankan Airlines: Disgruntled Corporate Heads Vent Frustration On Social Media

    Start from scratch; Change the name and logo; fire the unqualified and back door entrants.
    In the forthcoming years world events are there and the new airline the new name will flourish.
    Cheers
    Govinda-Middle East

  • 21
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    Next time anyone has a 9 hour transit, get in to a transit hotel without free loading on the carrier. Bloody cheapskates you are. Gosh! you buggers.

    I support the 3 hours rule.

    On a side note,the ME carriers are screwed, oil and gas that funded their ops are finished, there is no tourism to Europe and the money they earned in Africa can’t be taken out of Africa. Talk about a 1, 2, 3 punch.

    Want to buy an A380, soon it will be available in ‘panchikawathe’.

    Good call by Air Paradise to go regional.

    And that lounge, just keep it as is, 3 hours. Tops.

    Cheers.

  • 4
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    Last government ordered a brand new fleet in order to upgrade its existing old set. The current foolish government without using it successfully rented it instead

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      sachoooooooo the stupid II

      “Last government ordered a brand new fleet in order to upgrade its existing old set.”

      Oh, have you seen last government’s business plan for the company, including projected cash flow statement and net asset statement?

      Could I have a copy of both if you don’t mind.

      By the way, Nuisance needs you find her spittoon.

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        Idiot, regardless of the cashflow if your planes are ancient and with broken seats you need a new fleet.
        Cashflow can be acquired with a new fleet and of course a good plan

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          sachoooooooooooooooo the stupid II

          ” regardless of the cashflow if your planes are ancient and with broken seats you need a new fleet.”

          No, you only need an upholsterer to fix the seats or refit the entire fleet.

          “Cashflow can be acquired with a new fleet and of course a good plan”

          No cash, no flow. New fleet doesn’t come with cash flow. The company needs a cash flow before it ventures out to acquire planes.

          Basic financial management sach the stupid.

          Go find nuisance’s spittoon.

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    Colombo Telegraph is utterly freaking mad .. This is besides the subject matter discussed , I mean what in the hell kind of media outlet quotes people’s opinions off face book ? No etiquette what so ever.. And you add in the pretty lady as the cover page just to make people read the shit u publish is it ? Publish something news worthy or if you want to point out that Sri Lanka airlines is crap just Say it without snooping around and quoting people who have merely just commented on an FB rant .

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      [Edited out] er , is she pretty? Keep your opinion with you. Who is this Surena’s travel agent? What is this Hemas business? Before comment you should do your own research!

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      “what in the hell kind of media outlet quotes people’s opinions off face book”

      See who is quoting the next “Leader of The Free World” ‘s twitter feed.

      Then you can see for yourself “what hell kind of media outlet..”

      Answer – All of them

  • 29
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    Who is this joker Suren Gunawardena?

    The lounge that UL uses in Sing is an international one.

    You can’t just barge in and think you own the place like in a banana republic.

    It is Sri Lankan’s like him who bring disgrace to the country.

    The airline has its problems, but the lounge in Singapore is NOT one of them.

    If you are a top corporate big wig then you are setting a pathetic example for the people that work for you.

    Have some class.

    • 17
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      //Who is this joker Suren Gunawardena?//
      apparently “a pioneer in the mobile telecommunications business” according to these alternative media jokers. If he is what Sri Lankans call “a pioneer”, we can see why this country is at this level. These white collar criminals collaborating with politicians think they own this country and that’s why they trry to be smart even outside the island and make a fool out of themselves. Now they are crying that they lose business due to lack of voice calls and want the thief Ravi K to impose taxes on data usages. Like we use data for free!!! They don’t have any class, just cunning morons with money.

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        [Edited out]

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          [Edited out]

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      Having read most comments I wish to venture my opinion.
      Suren Gunawardena is not God’s gift to mankind. Some of these private sector CEO’s think just like that.Stupid buggers. A Peon in a Government has more power than these obscenly overpaid fellows. They earn millions every month but, are too stingy to reserve a Day room at Changi Airport for nine hours. It is not that the flight has got delayed.
      On the other hand Kasthuri Chelliah Wilson is sure to have some Beef with UL as her Husband was at UL for over 20 years before leaving for Qatar Airways.
      In the same breath one must also realize that UL and its Inflight service has gone to the Dust Bin. One of the main reasons for that is, unionization.The Cabin Crew are just a bunch of over paid Waiters and Waitresses. And forget about their assistance in an emergency. Most of the women will be seeking help from their “Aiyas.”

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    UL is run by a management team who for some reasons, think it is just another government office, and they never think or trained to think that they are running an international airline, or it is part of the nation’s pride.

    Every time I travelled with them, my the issue starts with ground staff, then the rude, poorly mannered hostesses with seemingly very little trained or completely untrained to the international standards.

    Then my problem moves to their management when I contact them via mail or phone to make a complaint, to my surprise never get a reply from them. Usually, I got replies for such emails after more than a month from a member of a junior staff who might not be even related to complaint handling department and were not initially addressed in the complaint mail.

    As a disappointed customer, getting on my nerves seeing this, I have called them directly a few times to some of the members in their management to listen to their usual singing, “yes sir, we know there is a problem of lack of training to our crews”

    I can only feel sorry for our national carrier for below:

    -From the most junior level to most senior staff members are seriously lacking adequate training or subject knowledge, or they are outdated.

    -They tarnish this poor airlines’ name day after day knowingly or unknowingly due to above reason

    -And above is the very same reason why the airline itself is looked not in par with international standards (I am not discussing the tech specs of the fleet here)

    -My personal opinion is to rescue this situation, we need a foreign management for UL

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      You the one don’t have a gut to put your name even this is not a 3 wheeler there are governing body IATA ABTA not sure of the names but they are the one sets the rules.

      They are the one decide not your govnt or who ever owns the planes.

      You are a very good talented person ,you got the capability to find out a person is seneir or not from the other end of a phone call.

      They tarnish the poor airline who you are referring to?

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        Seriously, are you on UL’s pay? See, some samples below:

        When MR’s in-law diverted a commercial UL flight to Singapore to have himself, his wife and a guest picked up from Singapore’s Changi Airport, where were your fav IATA ABTA?

        Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia was accused of influencing the airline’s operations and picking General Sales Agents in Russia. Where were your fav things?

        UL’s stewardess, namely Nithya Senani Samaranayake, worked for the young Parliamentarian while receiving a salary from SriLankan Airlines. your fav??

        IATA or any governing bodies can set standards or your so-called ‘rules’. At the end of the day, it is the management and staff who manage and run the show.

  • 8
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    Ul is now in one world even in London there is a lounge but it’s not Sri Lankan.they are in the one world now so there is a facility for lounge.may be in Singapore same.

    This good looking lady may wants to promote her head travel then she need to do it in good professional way.

    Someone put his own fb page anything he likes that dosent proof anything.

    May be rough guys are there but crew do tremendous job I salute.

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    Simple plot. Make the airline bleed and then sell it to a foreigner at a bargain. Buy a mansion in UK from the commission earned.

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    So many brainy Sri Lankans participate. Some look up and spit that comes on their face. We simply let down our national carrier. Very sad. Of course there are faults but such high minded people letting down their own carrier means their own country. We have to look after and be patient. Love our country, safe guard and stand for it. Of course they have a reason but just for not letting use BL does nt mean SLA has to know he is a big man….KMA….dear

    • 0
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      Are you talking about what happened to Indian Airlines, and let it happen to SriLankan too? We talk about something opposite

  • 8
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    “Paying Full Fare” – On what “Class”? Was it on “Economy” or “Business”? On what document was this ticket? Was it on Qantas or UL? If Qantas provided the lounge facilities on the onward journey, I believe, that would have been ticketed on Qantas document. If this was a “code share” ticket, the fare rules would have specifically stated the “facilities” that would be provided to the passenger. Under normal circumstances, if the connecting time is more than eight hours, some airlines, like Emirates provide Hotel Accommodation; but it all depend on the terms and condition of ticketing by respective airlines. So without knowing all these facts, how can a passenger who bought a “Full Fare” (even on Economy Class) claim all facilities provided to the category of passengers who pay exclusive fares on “Business & 1st Class”? To my mind, in the absence of related facts pertaining to the issuance of this particular ticket (Full Fare) this story looks a little doubtful and directed to tarnish the National Carrier. So let us have the details from the Ticketing Agent or the Airlines viz. Qantas and SriLankan. Without knowing the facts, it is not fair to point the accusing finger to any of the parties involved in this case.

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      Douglas

      I agree with you before joining to one world (ul)if you travel from London on business class there is no business class lounge but only you get in BIA,but glad UL is in one world now any one entailed can use the BA lounge.

      But this guy suren wants to show off his FB followers.

      But that calcata seat may be on a coach from madras.

      Emirates gives free hotel where? In deserts

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    Goonewardene is not a corporate big wig.
    [Edited out]

    This fool is insulting the hard working people of srilankan just because he can not follow rules.

    Why should CT give this person if ill repute a venue in which to trash the national carrier?

  • 5
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    I believe Sri Lankan Airlines is the single largest loss making government enterprise at the moment. It was a dead albatross on our necks from the beginning. The albatross has only become heavier with each passing day.

    We are paying a hefty price for the pride of announcing to the world that we also have a national airline. Why do all the gamaralas who are never destined to fly in an aircraft have to prop up this dead albatross.

    Shut it down. The sooner the better.

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    Been in the airlines for some time and feel that the agent’s refusal to accommodate Mr.Suren Goonawarndene to business class lounge is justified as there is a 3 hour limit for the use of lounge to avoid
    overcrowding, cost of food and beverages consumed and more over there are no showering and other facilities available in the airport lounges for passengers staying longer hours for flight connections BUT knowing the passenger was exhausted after a long haul flight, the agent should have quickly booked a room in the Transit hotel and a quick look at the ticket would have told him as to who should, the airline carrying him to Colombo or the airline brought him in or the passenger himself pay for the accommodation. Full fare ticket he mentioned, some times does not mean that he paid the book price. There are various kinds of air fares available in the Market and some fares go without frills, meaning travel with restricted facilities for a lower price and tickets
    are corded accordingly. One cannot have both, i.e. pay the lower fare and expect luxury treatment in the air and ground. One should travel the American airlines to learn this.

    Presume Hemas MD Ms,KC, Wilson must have made a joke of it and caught unawares as Travel agents in Colombo usually are agents for many air
    -lines and most of them are agents for Sri Lankan airlines as well and
    they normally do not run down the national carrier to sell other air-
    lines.

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      Lanka watch

      You made some sense,but sadly all up for commissions,nowadays attitude is who gives a damn learn from is it atthiguru

      Very expensive air port being build no plane come on guys even this CT why can’t send a reporter to give us feed back for our money only for name of the air port.

  • 1
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    when engulfed with gossips,corruptions, scandals it is much prone to accidents. Travelers be aware of it.

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    So this gentleman wanted free booze and free tucker for 9 hour layover.

    Stingy b*******s.

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    I feel sorry for these good looking Srilankan chicks who provide good service.

    They will be out of jobs soon, if the Private Investment Funds get their hands on Srilankan.

    Asset Stripping is their forte , Not making Airlines become profitable.

    Batalanda’s Cabinet must have already cut a deal.

    Where are those powerful Unions now?…

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      KASmaalam KA Sumanasekera

      “Asset Stripping is their forte , Not making Airlines become profitable.”

      What is asset striping?

      Is it to do with “good looking Srilankan chicks who provide good service”?

      Are you another male chauvinistic pig?

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        Dear Native,

        I thought your are the Jack of All Trades…..

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          KASmaalam KA Sumanasekera

          “I thought your are the Jack of All Trades…..”

          You are mistaken.

          It was Gordon Gekko who is the greatest asset stripper in his time. He famously said “Greed is good. Greed is healthy. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies.”

          I thought you are the Sri Lankan equivalent of Gordon Gekko.

          Now tell me what exactly did you mean by “asset striping”?

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    I would like to comment in the defence of UL, that they do not have their own lounge anywhere but at BIA. Therefore they must be having a contract with a private lounge operator to use the lounge for a fee. This contract must be having a limit of 3 hours, since they only expect passengers checking in from SIN. The airline business is a very tough operation. Many airlines have arrival lounges where you could shower and go straight to work.

    Ms. Wilson recommends travelling on EK, yes they have lounges in many cities and full time lounge staff, including chefs, bar tenders etc. They even have cigar lounges. However if you travel on a US carrier like AA, or UA you will,suffer a similar fate. I am sure if Mr.Goonewardena took QF and was connecting to Bombay or Madras on Jet airways or air India. the situation would have been no different. Sadly MH which Hemas is the GSA is also scraping the barrel. Their CEO cas joined EK. I am sure she won’t tell you not to travel in that carrier. Try coming on UL from London to CMB and take a connection on MH to KUL after 9 hrs. I guess the Esyfally’s will accommodate you in one of their hotels.

    Where does UL go from here. There is no way Sri Lanka can afford an airline. No matter what the pundits say. The lease cost of aircraft is astronomical. How can you compete?. Many countries have realised this fact. BA, LH, KLM, AF, IB are all in private hands. The SL government should get out of running an airline immediately. No matter how much you try to tweet the operation, UL will continue to loose taxpayers money forever.

    I have seen in this forum people wanting to hire international experts to put things right. Does one realise the perks you have to pay these individuals?. The minimum salary for a CEO is $ 200k plus a month. Do you think UL can afford this. But we have experts who act as CEO’s in forums like this and have solutions to all the problems.

    The fact of the matter is UL can never compete in a level playing field. EK,QR,EY with deep pockets will always have a better product.

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      Did you forget QANTAS..

      The most profitable today after many years of massive losses after privatisation,

      Srilankan can not be saved by selling it to Private Investment Funds.

      Srilanka hasn’t got enough business to even cover the overheads and pay for fuel, let alone make a profit.

      Those Private Investment Funds are not silly asses not to know it.

      If mother Lanka wants to have an Airline, it has to be subsidised by the Tax Payers, and give a Middle Eastern Airline to run it with less overhead costs.

      Investment Funds will sell anything less than ten years old and sell the rest to Aircraft metal recyclers.

      If Batalanada and Mallika reckon they can keep flying Srlankan by selling it to those Asset Strippers , they must be kidding.

      But then the Yahapalana suckers got duped to pay 14.8 percent on LKR 20 Billion for 30 years by the same Cabinet..

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    The more frequent travellers will know a lounge key, will give you access based on your credit card, or a simple payment will enable you to use the service.

    I have three issues with so-called patriots who use their loyalty for selfish gain. having said that, Sri Lankan should upgrade their in-flight services.

    _ Simple can’t believe that Kasturi, can just shame Sri Lankan, based on her biased attitude and salivating loyalty.
    _ Suren could have paid extra and used the lounge since the layover was long , instead he tried to exploit the system and be in the lounge for 9 hours ?????
    _All airlines have at least one seat that is not in proper working condition, just ask to move over and get a life.

    @ CEO Sri Lankan, get your basics right,please.

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    neemfarzan
    what an idiot you are where did you get this idea “_All airlines have at least one seat that is not in proper working condition”
    You are trying to suck your boss’s arse to get a promotion!!!!!
    You get a life you arse ole

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    Wonder why idiots fly UL:-) My last UL flight was in mid 90s! UL is a shitty airline.

    My favorite after I divorced UL was KLM but then they stopped. Emirates and Qatar are great now. Very convenient connections for anyone who wants to fly the globe.

    Let UL rot like it’s host country. SL is a piece of shit too thanks to idiotic politicians.

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