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Friday May 7th, 2021
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Ashok Pathirage appointed Chairman of SriLankan Airlines

ECONOMYNEXT- Top businessman Ashok Pathirage has been appointed chairman of the national carrier SriLankan Airlines, he said.

Pathirage told Economynext on Monday that he was officially appointed as chairman.

Newly appointed President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said that he has set high bars for appointments to state-owned enterprises such as SriLankan through a committee, in order to turn them into profitable businesses.

Pathirage is the chairman and managing director of the Softlogic Group, which operates in Sri Lanka’s retail, healthcare, financial, technology, leisure and automobile industries.

Softlogic’s Asiri Hospitals is Sri Lanka’s largest private-owned hospital chain, and the retail business has the largest portfolio of foreign and local lifestyle brands.

SriLankan Airlines is in dire straits, posting a 41.7 billion rupee loss for the 2019 financial year, up from an 18.6 billion rupee loss a year earlier, with retained losses reaching 223.5 billion rupees.

The airline has won numerous awards for service standards, but rising competition from Middle Eastern and budget carriers, as well as past mismanagement had led to the airline’s losses.

A Presidential Commission had investigated the losses and poor management practices at the airline. (Colombo/Dec16/2019)

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  1. Gerard says:

    ohh this is such a crazy decision…perhaps he pumped in a lot of money to the slpp campaign…firstly he has no experience in the airline business secondly…he has his fingers in so many pies how on earth could he give full time to a white elephant such as Sri lankan….these committee selections are a total farce..its all about the hench men and financiers…..nothing has changed…all these govts are the same..

  2. Chanaka says:

    Congratulations my dear Sir & Proud about you.

  3. Ishan Junus says:

    Great news, surely under his leadership will turn this loss making entity to a successful one and take to a great height.
    All the best Sir….

  4. Chedliya says:

    Congratulations and well done. God bless you sir, chedliya and sharafah from 1A duplication road

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  1. Gerard says:

    ohh this is such a crazy decision…perhaps he pumped in a lot of money to the slpp campaign…firstly he has no experience in the airline business secondly…he has his fingers in so many pies how on earth could he give full time to a white elephant such as Sri lankan….these committee selections are a total farce..its all about the hench men and financiers…..nothing has changed…all these govts are the same..

  2. Chanaka says:

    Congratulations my dear Sir & Proud about you.

  3. Ishan Junus says:

    Great news, surely under his leadership will turn this loss making entity to a successful one and take to a great height.
    All the best Sir….

  4. Chedliya says:

    Congratulations and well done. God bless you sir, chedliya and sharafah from 1A duplication road