ECONOMYNEXT - State-run SriLankan Airlines says 1,250 appointments reportedly made by its current Board were to replace staff who left and only 126 new positions have been created, despite the fleet expanding from 19 to 25.
The airline said the net increase to its current cadre bringing the total to 7,029 from January 31 to May 2017 was only 126 and many were taken into comply with regulatory requirements.
During the period its fleet had also grown 26 percent to from 19 to 26 and seat capacity 19 percent but the cadre was increased by only 2 percent.
"This number includes the Management Trainees, cadet pilots, airport service delivery and additional security personnel recruited due to the increased number of flights and the statutory requirements stipulated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAASL) to enhance airside security for catering," the airline said.
"This accounts for the net inflow of 91 out of the total of 126."
"Furthermore, all these appointments have been made in consultation with the Ministry of Public Enterprise and the details pertaining to which have been sent to the Ministry prior to making the appointments."
Reports said ministers had complained at the last cabinet meeting that 1,250 appoints were made without consulting the ministers.
State-run SriLankan Airlines has historically made losses partly due to political interference and its inability to make independent decisions, there is currently a friction between Public Enterprises Minister Kabir Hashim and the current Board.
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