Sri Lanka minister takes economy class

ECONOMYNEXT – State Enterprise Development Minister Kabir Hashim may have set a bad precedent for his cabinet colleagues and directors of the national carrier Sri Lankan airlines who travel business class at tax payers’ expense.

When Kabir Hashim and his wife Nazly travelled to neighbouring India this week, they boarded a Sri Lankan flight, but refused an upgrade to business class even though he is the minister in charge of the airline.

The minister, however, took a selfie with his wife while strapped down in the economy section. Next time a VIP asks for a free upgrade on the national carrier, the answer is a firm “no,” Hashim has said. (COLOMBO, July 16, 2016)

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