SriLankan Airlines fighting Coronavirus battle with 95-pct fleet grounded
ECONOMYNEXT – As airlines around the world are halting operations and airports are closing due to a Coronavirus pandemic SriLankan Airlines is one of the few carriers that is serving Colombo, taking passengers out and bringing in vital supplies.
“We have funds to operate for the next 3 to 4 months,” Chairman Ashok Pathirage said.
“Our stakeholder has committed to support us. “We have effected cost cutting measures and we are managing with bare minimum costs to pass through this difficult period.
India one of the top markets of SriLankan shut down airports. Sri Lanka’s Colombo airport however is only partially shut down.
SriLankan Airlines is in the frontline of the Coronavirus battle, keeing Sri Lankan linked to the world bringing in medical and other supplies and also helping its passengers get back home.
About 95 percent of our fleet is grounded,” Pathirage said. “We are still flying to Japan, London and Australia taking people out.”
Sri Lanka is also flying exports out of the country, operating all cargo flight in some cases.
Sri Lankan was expecting to run a 130 million dollar loss in the year to March 2020.
Qatar and Oman Air is also still operating to the country flying daily until March 31, when Sri Lanka is expected to announce what will happen next. (Colombo/Mar28/2020)